2005 target talks package deal

In the midst of the 2003-04 recruiting season, various recruiting experts have focused much attention to next year's crop of players and for good reason. The recruiting process seems to begin sooner with each passing season. Plus, North Carolina's class of 2005 will arguably go down as the most talented and deep group in the Tar Heel State's history.

Josh Briscoe is one such player that will shape N.C. into a hot spot for college recruiters next recruiting season. The 6-4 170-pound wide receiver has already received an offer from Duke and expects more offers to follow as soon as recruiters see where the chips land in their respective 2004 classes.

UNC is one such program that is very interested in Briscoe, but would like to let things play out during this recruiting season before placing an offer on the table.

"(UNC) hasn't offered yet but are showing high interest of doing so soon," stated Briscoe. "They contact me through letters (and) through my head coach, Coach Greene."

Briscoe's interest in Chapel Hill seems to match the Tar Heels' coaching staff's interest in the wide receiver, to the point where an offer might land UNC with its first commitment for the 2005 class.

"I love the atmosphere of (North) Carolina," exclaimed the Burns High School product, who has started for the Bulldogs since his freshman year. "The campus is really nice. The football program is coming along really well. The coaching staff has done a really good job of getting the young guys ready for the season."

"I will deeply consider it," Briscoe said in regards to UNC extending an offer. "Carolina has been one of my top schools since I was a kid, but I'm not going to make a commitment until the summer of me going to the 12th grade or maybe a little later."

Briscoe does not have a leader, but his top five includes Tennessee, Virginia, N.C. State, and Duke along with the Tar Heels. Adding to the rumors of a possible package deal among the top athletes in North Carolina, Briscoe would love to head in the same direction as Tuscola quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

"I've told Jon that the decision that he makes will almost directly affect my decision," remarked Briscoe. "I talk to Crompton often (online) and we get together at college games. I've also talked to (Ragdale RB Toney) Baker a couple of times at some games, but not like I've been in contact with Crompton. I really would like to meet up and play with both of them the fall of 2005."

His combination of size (6-4, 270), speed (4.30-4.40 forty-yard dash), game knowledge and skill will transform Briscoe into one of the most desired wide receivers in the Tar Heel state when his senior season rolls around.

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