2008 Intro: Brenton Bersin

CHARLOTTE --- Somewhat overshadowed by his quarterback Braden Hanson, Brenton Bersin hasn't received the college interest that usually results from a stellar junior campaign matched with his skill set.

"Brenton didn't put out a highlight film of himself, so he's kind of flying under the radar a little bit right now," said Larry McNulty, Charlotte (N.C.) Latin's head football coach. "But I'm telling you what, the kid can play. Somebody's going to find him – they'll find him."

Bersin, a 6-foot-3 185-pounder, was one of the main contributors to Latin's NCISAA Championship run last fall. He played safety, returned punts, and was the go-to receiver for Hanson. On the year, Bersin caught 25 passes for 700 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also returned three punts for touchdowns.

Also excelling in the classroom, Bersin is, however, receiving interest from academic-focused schools such as Duke, Vanderbilt, and most of the Ivy League.

Over the course of the next couple of months, Bersin hopes to get his name out there by attending camps and combines. He figures to include Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Virginia among his camping travels.

Additionally, Bersin's cause will be aided by a senior season full of opportunity.

"He will be the focal point of everything we do next year," said McNulty. "I'm going to find as many ways as I can to get him the ball in space.

"I think if he stays healthy and he and Braden [Hanson] connect the way I think they could, he'll catch 60-70 balls next year. Statistically, he could have a great year."

This fall, Bersin will also head-up the defense.

"He's an extremely rangy safety," said McNulty. "We're very excited [because] I have another returning safety coming back and the two of these guys are both real tall, rangy kids and going to give us a pair of excellent safeties back there."

However, McNulty believes Bersin would be best suited at wide receiver on the collegiate level.

"I think his best position is offense, because he has such great hands," said McNulty. "Brenton is probably one of the most athletic kids that I've ever coached at this school. He has the whole package – he has excellent hands; he has excellent speed; [and] great jump ability.

"We worked very hard last year on him improving his blocking, which is something a lot of young receivers don't take very seriously. He got a lot better at that."

While Bersin is welcoming any and all college interest, he's interested in hearing more from the Tar Heels.

"I've always liked UNC, but I haven't seen any of the campus," said Bersin. "I've always been a fan ever since I was young."

Bersin said would like to get his college decision out of the way as soon as possible, but hasn't set a timeline.


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