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Miami Freshman Profile: Braxton Berrios

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2014. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Braxton Berrios

WR - 5'9 181 - Raleigh, NC (Leesville Road H.S.)

Berrios is a near consensus 4 star prospect, who chose UM over Oregon, South Carolina, Ohio State, and a host of other top schools.

But apparently, the choice was not as difficult as one would imagine, given Berrios is a long time UM supporter.

Projects as a slot receiver and punt returner.  Runs about a 4.5 40, and has a great first step, terrific hands, and shiftiness out in space.

Berrios also plays the game with a ton of swag and passion.

Chances He Redshirts (1-10)   - 5

As part of this series we will evaluate if the given newcomer stands a chance to sit out his first season to retain eligibility.

Berrios tore his ACL sometime before the Under Armour All-American Game (interesting note, he STILL caught a TD pass in that game).  For this reason he missed spring practice and will be a bit behind schedule come summer. Coming off an injury and with the 'Canes already deep at slot (Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis) I'd say it is 50/50 he redshirts.

Summary: Berrios has a very bright future.  But given his size and the fact it appears he was used most frequently as a ball carrier in H.S. he will have a learning curve at this level. However since he already has NFL quickness, (ran the shuttle drill at Nike camp in 3.81  last July which would be the third fastest in 15 years at the NFL Combine....Yeah he's pretty quick)  it won't take too long for him to be a factor in UM's offense.  By early next season he could be one of the top receiving threats on Miami's roster.   He should also be fun to watch.

More on Berrios HERE

Stay tuned for more Freshman profiles as we count down to Louisville on Labor Day.