Recruit to watch: Brandon Breazell

Somewhat of a sleeper for the class of 2004, Edison of Fresno's Brandon Breazell is a rising prospect as a receiver and cornerback. After a couple of impressive showings at camps this summer, he's seen his stock rise and some big offers have come his way as a result. Could one of those be from USC?

Breazell, 5'11 ½, 155 pounds, is coming off of a junior season that saw him make 24 catches for over 500 yards and 7 touchdowns as a wide out. Quick and elusive, with great hands, he's a definite big play threat any time he touches the ball, "I'm quick and I'm tall, so I just like to use my speed and ability to jump," he said. Though he didn't play at cornerback in 2002, he'll see time at that spot this season and many believe that his future may actually be on the defensive side of the ball.

While his play on the field last season was note-worthy, it was his performance at the Northern California Nike Camp that really drew notice. At that camp back in May, Breazell put up some solid numbers with a 4.50 forty, a 4.13 shuttle, and he also jumped 33'' on the vertical leap. He also did well in the one-on-one's but was a little disappointed that he didn't get to match up with some of the big names at the camp, "I saw a lot of good talent up there from all around, but I didn't really like the camp too much because they put me in a bad group, without any of the top receivers that were there. So I didn't like that fact."

Breazell put his talents on display again at USC's one day camp, and he obviously impressed Coach Pete Carroll and staff because he left with an offer, "Pete Carroll, he offered me at the USC camp. He said that he'd like to recruit me as a cornerback and that he'd seen me at another camp, and he said that he also liked me as a receiver. He said that he was interested in me and that he'd like for me to be a Trojan. I like the coaching staff at USC and its close to home, so my parents would be able to come down. I like Coach Carroll a lot. The way he talks to you."

"USC was the first to offer. Then, Fresno State, Arizona, and that's all right now. I hear from a lot of colleges, but Fresno State and Cal, those two I hear from the most."

Also a standout center fielder on his high school baseball team, Breazell is talented enough that he definitely has the opportunity to play after his prep career is over. You won't see baseball factor into his college decision however. That's because he plans on playing in the Major League farm system, "I'm not getting recruited by schools for baseball, but by teams, the minor leagues," he explained. "I'm not going to play baseball in college. In the Fall I'd play football, then I'd go and play baseball in the minors."

Although Breazell's recruitment for football has picked up, he isn't one of those recruits who has let the process worry him. In fact, he hasn't even really begun to think about his college decision yet at all, "I haven't really sat down and thought about any of that yet," he said. "I'm really not thinking about colleges right now at all. I'm trying to focus on my classes this year."

When asked if there were any schools that he knows that he'd like to visit however, Breazell did have a general idea on a few, "Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, USC, and I haven't thought about the other one yet. I'm going to go through the whole process. It's not going to be late, but probably after the football season is when I'll take my visits." Top Stories