Brannon Holds Three Favorites

Running back Richard Brannon has the talent to play at the next level but schools have held back from offering as Brannon continues to work on his academics.

That might not be as much of a problem when his senior season rolls around.

"I haven't really been able to go to any camps this summer because I've been taking some classes to get my grades up," said Richard Brannon. "It's going really good. I'm doing well in all my classes. Now some coaches have been talking to me and sounding more interested. I know UNC wants me to go camp there."

At 5-8, 215-pounds, Brannon is a load for defenders to try to bring down. He runs the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.6's, but doesn't consider himself just a power back.

"I would call myself that, because I do a lot more," he said. "I'm also quick and I have good feet. I've got the power but I can juke and make people miss too."

Brannon scored 16 touchdowns as a junior for West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. North Carolina isn't the only school showing interest.

"I've heard from UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech. If I had to pick three favorites it would be UNC, Wake and NC State. They're about even but they're in-state schools so that's why I give them the edge. The two things I'm looking for are academics and playing time, and I think I could get both of those at all three of those places."

While Brannon is high on Wake, he hasn't heard from the coaching staff in a while.

"The last time I talked to Wake was towards the end of school. They told me they were going to give me a call but I haven't heard from them. I'm hoping they're still interested because I like them a lot. Maybe once I get all the grades in I'll hear from them more."

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