Brandon Facyson busy visiting schools

Interest in Brandon Facyson, a wide receiver/defensive back at Northgate (Newnan) High School, is steadily increasing. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete from the Peach State lists four ACC offers to his credit including Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and newly received, Wake Forest. Facyson talks of the Deacs and more...

"It was last Friday when my head coach let me know," said Brandon Facyson. "I talked with Coach Knoor on Facebook to clarify the offer.

"The first thing he told me was he thought I was a heck of an athlete. They like that I am a long, tall corner. He said they were impressed with my style of play, my closing speed, and my ball skills. Academically, he said I would have no trouble qualifying."

Facyson also has exceptional skills at wide receiver as evidenced in the Starr's Mill game. On the first play from scrimmage he hauled in a 57-yard touchdown reception. Minutes later scored again on an 18-yard fade route.

"Louisville and North Carolina both offered me at wide receiver," Facyson said. "I think the ball skills needed to play wide receiver also help me at cornerback.

"In man-to-man I use my leverage well in coverage. I play athletically and intelligently. I'm able to read the quarterback's eyes to know where he's going and do a good job of judging the ball while it's in the air."

Facyson has been a starter at Northgate since his sophomore year. Facyson made 47 tackles in his junior season and three interception at cornerback and 17 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He was selected First Team All-Coweta County at wide receiver and First Team All-Region (Georgia 4B-AAAAA) at defensive back. Next season is his last at Northgate, and he wants to become be a role model for those next in line.

"Our team goal is to win a state championship," said Facyson. "That's going to be my top goal for next season, but I also want to leave a strong foundation for the students coming up after me. My message is going to be ‘make every game count, keep your grades up, and not to give up'.

"Football is a brutal, often grueling sport. So many kids want to play football, but quit it right away. My hat's off to all of those who stick it out and want to achieve something with us."

Facyson is hoping to have a decision made on his college future before his senior season. He's traveling with his father to many colleges this spring and summer to get a better idea of where the approaching destination.

"I'm going to Virginia Tech tomorrow," Facyson said. "I'm doing research to learn more about Wake Forest and hope to visit in April.

"On Monday I was at Georgia Tech's practice. To see all of the work they put in was great. The practice was both physical and dynamic. The coaches are trying to get the very best out of the players, and it showed. In the one-on-one drills I was very impressed with the skill set of Louis Young and Jeff Greene.

"I'd like to have a decision made [on college] by May after spring practice. I'm considering the school's overall athletic and academic status. Being in a program with a high graduation rate is very important to me. Basically, it will come down to what I feel like is the best fit for me."

Facyson has done outstanding work as a student with a reported 3.95 GPA. He's hoping to pursue a Pre-Med major in college in hopes of one day becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. Facyson is competing in the 400 meter dash this spring, and the 4X1 and 4 X2 relays for his high school.

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