2010 Intro: Braxton Deaver

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Before even thinking about making a verbal commitment, Braxton Deaver has to decide what sport he wants to continue into college – football or lacrosse.

"Playing both [in college] would definitely be difficult to do," Deaver said. "After the summer I'll pretty much say ‘I need to focus on this sport.'"

Deaver has plenty of suitors in both sports – Dartmouth, Duke, Loyola, Massachusetts, Notre Dame, and Syracuse in lacrosse; and Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest in football. However, East Carolina is the only school to extend the 6-foot-5, 207-pounder a football scholarship offer.

"A lot of schools have asked me to come to camp," Deaver said. "That's where my offers will probably come from – [depending on] how well I do in camp."

Deaver has already begun to map out his summer camping schedule. He plans to camp at Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest in June, and then Duke, UNC, and South Carolina in July.

Deaver has started at wide receiver in Providence's spread offense the past two seasons. He caught 46 passes for 746 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

However, Deaver's future probably is at tight end – more specifically H-back.

"He's got that height – he's right at 6-5 and 215 [pounds] – and runs well," Providence head coach Randy Long said. "He's got the frame to get up to 250-260… He's real rangy [and] catches the ball really well."

To help boost his recruiting stock, Deaver will see more snaps at tight end this fall.

"Since colleges are going to be recruiting me to play tight end, I'm definitely going to be on the line more learning my blocking [and] my steps," Deaver said. "Obviously, I'll still be split out."

For the most part, when Providence is in a formation that calls for a tight end, Deaver will be that tight end. But when the offense lines up in a four-wide receiver set, he will be split out as one of the receivers.

In addition to his offensive duties, Deaver is a situational pass-rush specialist and also an excellent deep snapper.

"[Being a deep snapper] really is going to paint his picture even better," Long said. "He's good enough that he could do that on Saturdays and maybe Sundays."

East Carolina offered Deaver roughly a month ago when he attended the Pirates Junior Day.

"They pulled me to the side and I spoke to Skip Holtz and he offered me," Deaver said.

Deaver has also attended junior days at Clemson, Duke, and Wake Forest.

Shortly after settling on a sport, Deaver will make a verbal commitment. He's currently favoring Clemson, East Carolina, and Wake Forest.

"My dad went to Wake and I grew up watching Wake; they've always been my college team, I've always loved that school," Deaver said. "Wake throws the ball to the tight end – I want to go to a school that throws the ball to a tight end. Their coaching is about positive reinforcement. Coach [Jim] Grobe is just an amazing coach.

"Clemson, I walked in that stadium and it just gave me chills – it's 90,000 people screaming. They throw to their tight end, also. And they have a really good program.

"ECU, obviously, they have great facilities. They throw to their tight end probably more than anybody. They got a great weight room. Coach Skip Holtz is a great guy."

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