UT Impresses N.C. Receiver

Josh BriscoeAfter taking in a couple of close out-of-state games played on consecutive weekends played before huge crowds clad in orange Lawndale, N.C. wide receiver Josh Briscoe will take this weekend off before hitting the road again.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Josh Briscoe was on hand to see Georgia Tech score a last minute upset of Clemson in Death Valley on Sept. 11. On Saturday, he was among the record crowd of 109,061 at Neyland Stadium that watched the Vols score an improbable 30-28 victory over Florida.

On Oct. 2, Briscoe will be in Athens, Ga., to see the Georgia-LSU game. The following weekend he'll visit Maryland to see the Terrapins host Georgia Tech. Briscoe will wrap up his official visits on Oct. 23 at North Carolina State for the Wolfpack take on Miami.

"I knew that those games wouldn't be blowouts," told The Insiders' Don Callahan. "I tried to choose games that were going to be competitive, but they had to be one of my top 5 teams."

As you might deduce, Briscoe's top five are Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and N.C. State. All five schools have extended him offers. Though it's still too early in the process for Briscoe to make up his mind, he did come away with a favorable impession of Tennessee's game-day atmosphere and vocal fans.

"At Tennessee, there was not a quiet moment at the game," he told Callahan. "At Clemson, there was times where the crowd seemed to get quiet. Tennessee was hyped the whole game."

As a junior at Burns High School, Briscoe caught 44 passes for 726 yards and seven touchdowns. He runs a 4.5 time in the 40 and has recorded a 37-inch vertical leap. Despite a lean frame, he bench presses 245 pounds and squats 305.

"I get yards after the catch and I can make people miss," he said. "I have great hands and I'm real good at reading coverages. I'd like a quicker step off the line and get open quicker. I also want to improve my lower body strength."

Briscoe is also a standout student with a 3.9 grade point average. He has scored an 18 on his ACT and a 950 on his SAT. Through two games as a senior, he has eight receptions for 197 yards. He is also playing corner on defense. Briscoe has received about 20 offers to date. Tennessee is thought to have an early lead for the talented wide receiver.

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