Branch Switches Schools

Jamar Branch will transfer to Greene Central from Goldsboro for the upcoming 2007 season.

"I transferred because of my father," said Branch. "He has custody of me now and since he lives over here I'm moving in with him."

Standing at 6-foot-3 inches and 195-pounds, Branch was a bright spot in an otherwise dull year for Goldsboro as they went winless at 0-11. Branch starred at wide receiver amassing 60 receptions for 880 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also started at safety.

"At the beginning of the season I was doing pretty good, and then I injured my knee," said Branch. "It slowed me down, I didn't feel as healthy and that made me feel less confident and I kind of threw the defense off a little bit because I couldn't do as much.

"We had a great team, we had a championship caliber team. Everything happens for a reason, everyone tried their hardest, that's the way things crumble sometimes."

As the summer has begun to heat up, so has the recruiting trail for Branch who says he is being recruited as a wide receiver at the collegiate level.

Branch has attended camps at East Carolina and Wake Forest so far. He will be attending NC State's camp on Tuesday and Virginia Tech's next month.

Although he is getting most interest from ACC programs, Branch grew up a fan of a SEC team.

"My dream school was Auburn," said Branch. "I've been through a lot when I was younger and considered my self a tiger. My brothers got me on Auburn so that's why I'm a big fan of them."

Despite Auburn being the childhood favorite of his, the Tigers have backed off some according to Branch.

"Around March it was all Auburn, [but] I don't get a lot from them any more," said Branch. "NC State gives me a lot [of attention], Wake Forest, and the UNC coaches talk to me a lot."

In addition to his camp schedule, Branch is looking to improve his knee, get his speed up, and learn more of the Greene Central offense.

"Hopefully by the time the season comes I can hopefully run a 4.5 flat," said Branch. "Because of my ankle and knee injuries, I need to get my speed down so I can get some more looks.

"I'm focusing on my knee and the playbook more than anything. I just need to get used to the signals. In South Carolina where I used to live, we ran the shotgun so I'm familiar with the system."

Branch believes in his new teammates and has high hopes for the upcoming season.

"We just want to have a great season," said Branch. "Hopefully everything will work out."

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