5’9”, 180 lbs.
Rivals: #33 WR
Scout: #84 WR
247: #37 ATH, #12 player in NC
Choosing between UK and: Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virgina, and Virginia Tech
After announcing his commitment to play for the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky QB Drew Barker vowed to reach out to his peers to make the best recruiting class in the history of Kentucky football. In the coming weeks I will be breaking down some of the players on Barker’s wish list. “Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” may be a grammatically awful pun ending in a preposition, but I just can’t help myself. Past profiles: Derek Kief
– UK 2014 Fball Class (@UK2014Class) May 15, 2013
Braxton Berrios has been heralded by national recruiting writers as a clone of Wes Welker. They see a mini-Wes Welker, I see a Randall Cobb/Dicky Lyons. Berrios is listed as an athlete because he does what Randall Cobb does: EVERYTHING. His agility allows him to stop on a dime, making it difficult for defenses whether he is catching passes in the slot, as QB of the Wildcat, or running the ball on an end-around.The proof lies in the stats: last year he finished with 1,142 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns while catching 10 touchdowns on 766 yards receiving. Berrios combines Cobb-like athleticism with the same hard-nosed football mentality that Dicky Lyons brought to the field. His hit at the 3:58 mark of his highlight tape reminds me of Lyons’ big hit in the 2007 LSU game. You gotta love a little guy that plays with no fear.
Berrios’ ability to use the open-field to make hard cuts and elude defenders will make him a great fit for Neal Brown’s offense. A majority of the passing yards will come from wide receivers turning 4-yard routes into 10-yard gains, making Berrios the perfect fit at slot receiver. If Berrios can’t find the field immediately at wideout, he will have the chance to play a key role in special teams. Even if he isn’t returning kicks, rest assured he will be flying down the field on kickoffs/punts for the big homerun hit.