2008 Intro: Jamar Branch

GOLDSBORO, N.C. ---Despite transferring in just prior to the season, Jamar Branch was one of the few bright spots of Goldsboro's winless 2006 campaign.

Branch, a 6-foot-3 195-pound wide receiver, recorded 60 receptions for 880 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also started at safety for Goldsboro.

"I did pretty good, but it really didn't matter, because the team went 0-11," said Branch. "I did good, but it's not about me, it's about the team."

Maurice Jackson resigned as Goldsboro's head football coach after a four-year tenure.

While a new coach has yet to be named, rumors are circulating that Branch could move to quarterback for his senior season.

"He was our best quarterback last year, but he was our best wide receiver," said Jackson. "He can't throw to himself and catch it, so whoever comes in should keep him at wide receiver."

Wide receiver is also the position college coaching staffs are pursuing Branch for.

"He's a big, quick receiver with good hands," said Jackson. "He catches the ball at its highest point. He does all the things a receiver needs to do to in order to make himself a perfect receiver. He's a good game time player as well as a practice player."

Auburn, Duke, Illinois, Marshall, Michigan State, North Carolina and N.C. State have all expressed interest in Branch.

Despite spending most of his life in South Carolina, Branch grew up a fan of Auburn. Those feelings have apparently followed him into his recruitment.

"I like Auburn, a lot," said Branch. "I was kind of brought up on Auburn; my older brother liked Auburn."

Branch, who is looking to put his recruitment behind him as soon as possible, attended the Tigers' Junior Day earlier in the month and was not disappointed.

"I liked it," said Branch. "I've always liked Auburn, so it was a dream come true when I went there. We walked around the facilities and stuff, we went into this room that had a picture of Bo Jackson and his retired jersey, [and we] went on the field."

North Carolina has also inquired about getting Branch – as well as some of his teammates – on campus.

"I spoke to Coach Tommy Thigpen, he contacted me about getting Branch, [Anthony] Council, and Andrew Phifer on campus for possibly a junior day," said Jackson. "I think they really want to see them all in person to get a good look at them."

During the summer, Branch said he plans to camp at both Auburn and UNC.


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