This off-season, Burns (Lawndale, NC) wide receiver Josh Briscoe feels he has improved his ability to read defenses and his speed. He is playing a different type of receiver position which helps him learn exactly how to read the safeties. And during a camp held in his home county, Briscoe says he ran a blazing 4.37 in the 40.
“Probably reading defenses,” Briscoe said when asked what areas have improved for him this off-season. “We have a new position on offense where I read and react to what the safety does. That’s helped me a lot. My speed is back too. I feel I’ve improved my speed. There was an unofficial camp this summer hosted by former players from the county who went to the NFL. I was timed at 4.37 in the 40 on grass. It was hand-timed.”
The players who held the camp are certainly were no slouches in the college game. Former NC State wide receiver Chris Coleman, who is also Briscoe’s cousin, and former Duke wide receiver Scotty Montgomery were the two players involved in the camp.
“The event was run by my cousin, Chris Coleman,” Briscoe said. “He used to play for N.C. State. He’s been helping me with my patterns and helping me get ready for the next level. I’m fortunate to have him and another guy who graduated from our school to help me. The guy who graduated from our school is Scotty Montgomery. They both really helped me with route running and everything.”
Briscoe, who is looking forward to his senior season, says everything remains the same for him on the recruiting front. He still has the same top 7 of Duke, Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Virginia.
“My top 7 is Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Nebraska, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Virginia,” Briscoe said. “That’s in alphabetical order. They are all even right now. I’m still evaluating. I’m still looking at the books to see the passing scheme and the coaching style of each staff. That’s important to me.”
Briscoe has been doing a lot of research on each of his top schools, as well as some who aren’t in his top 7. He admits some schools who are not in his top 7 have caught his eye, but isn’t ready to make any changes just yet.
“I’ve been reading up on a lot of NCAA books to see the rosters and depth charts for each school,” Briscoe said. “After looking at some of the books, there are some schools not in my top 7 that I have more interest in. I’m not sure if they will move up in the top 7 or not, but I think they are better now than I thought...
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