Preps notes

Leesville Road’s Braxton Berrios narrows his list

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 26, 2013 

Leesville Road football standout Braxton Berrios has narrowed his list of potential college programs to five but says he still will entertain other offers.

Berrios, who has offers from every Division I football program in the state, picked five schools from among the scholarship offers that he has received so far.

Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia made the cut, but he said Wednesday that the list could change if he receives additional offers.

He has not been offered by the University of Miami, for example, but plans to visit there this weekend. He also will attend a Nike camp in Oregon.

“I’d consider new offers,” he said. “But from the ones that I have right now, these are my five.”

Berrios is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior with great speed and outstanding quickness. During his career at Leesville Road, he has been a running back, wide receiver, quarterback, linebacker and defensive back. He also is an outstanding kick returner.

He helped the Pride to three consecutive Cap Eight 4A championships and undefeated seasons the past two years. He rushed for 1,142 yards and caught 38 passes for 766 yards during a 12-1 season in 2012.

Berrios had 1,251 rushing yards, 389 passing yards and 519 receiving yards during a 12-1 campaign during his sophomore year. He played on the varsity as a freshman.

“I don’t know what positions I’ll be playing this fall,” Berrios said. “I’ll play offense, and I’ll play defense. We’ll just go from there.”

Berrios said he seriously considered the in-state schools and said there were positives at each one.

“But I just didn’t see myself playing there,” he said.

Berrios expects to graduate in December and enroll in college next spring.

Raven picks Heels: Ravenscroft’s Avery Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound potential tight end, committed to North Carolina on Tuesday.

Edwards said UNC, Louisville and Florida State had been his favorites throughout the recruiting process and that the relationships he developed with the Tar Heels staff, plus UNC’s offense, were factors in his decision.

“I think Carolina’s offense fits my skill set,” Edwards said. “I’ve been blessed with size and some quickness, and UNC spreading the field and using an up tempo allows its tight ends and receivers to have some room.”

Edwards has been an extremely versatile player for Ravens coach Ned Gonet. Edwards has played tight end, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, defensive lineman, linebacker and safety at various times.

He runs 40 yards in 4.7 seconds. UNC believes he can maintain his speed and play at around 245 pounds.

First, though, he wants to be a leader at Ravenscroft. “We’re working hard,” he said. “The goal is a state championship.”

All-Star lacrosse: Several local lacrosse players have been selected to represent the Mid South Region at the Brine National All-Star Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic.

The event, which brings together the top middle school and high school players, will be held June 30-July 3 in Boyds, Md.

Regional teams coached by NCAA coaches will compete to become the national champion.

Raleigh middle school players selected are Patrick Ednie and Charles Van Dyke. Wake Forest resident Alexander Stock will also participate.

Area high school players include Broughton’s Zach Burgess and Cameron Gilchrist, Apex’s Joey Copeland and Dayton McGough, Athens Drive’s Tradd Deaver, Cary Academy’s Austin Neaville and Green Hope’s Wilson Booth.

Athens Drive’s Kieran Garvey was selected on the girls’ side.

Junior golf: Broughton’s Stephen Saleeby fell in the semifinals of the N.C. Junior boys championship to eventual champion Austin Inman of Wilmington Christian on Friday at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

“I was not good,” said the Caps star, who tied for third in the state 4A this year after taking the NCHSAA title in 2012. “That was not how I had to play to get a championship. I putted a lot better earlier. Today I wasn’t making anything and wasn’t striking balls the way I needed to. Austin played well. He played great golf and deserved to win.”

Ravenscroft graduate and University of Virginia commit Evelyn Dole fell in the girls quarterfinals at Bentwinds Golf and Country Club in Fuquay-Varina.

USA Track & Field Championships: Wakefield graduate and N.C. State freshman Ariah Graham finished eighth in the 400 meters junior race at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last weekend with a time of 54.81 seconds. She qualified for the final by posting a time of 53.57 in her preliminary heat.

Broughton graduate and Nike/Oregon Track Club member Jesse Williams tied for ninth in the high jump senior event at 7 feet, 21/2 inches.

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