May 27, 2008

Sermons up to five scholarship offers

Like most young athletic football players, Brandon Sermons liked to have the ball in his hands. But his former coach and current trainer Sam Wilson convinced him to make the switch to defense prior to last season.

"It took some convincing because I didn't like defense at all," recalled Sermons. "But now it is my favorite side of the ball."

The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder speedster had a successful junior campaign at cornerback for Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. He is now one of the hottest defensive back prospects in Southern California.

"I am good at not letting the receiver get off the line, which keeps him from running the route he wants to run," Sermons said. "The key in being a good cornerback is never getting too cocky. You can't get a big head. You always have to be a team player and maintain your focus."

Sermons has picked up scholarship offers from Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, San Diego State and Idaho. He claims they are all written offers.

USC, Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal, Washington, Washington State, Utah have also been by his school during the spring evaluation period.

"I am planning to wait," Sermons said when asked if he might make an early decision. "I plan to take my trips (official visits) once I narrow it down to my top five.

"The main school I really like right now is Arizona. I like their colors, their campus is beautiful and I like the style of corner that they coach. They had the Jim Thorpe Award winner last year in Antoine Cason."

Sermons has been in contact with defensive backs coach Greg Brown from Colorado's staff.

"I like the Buffaloes a lot," he said. "I like their colors and their coaching staff, they are great people."

Sermons said education will play a big factor in his college decision. He plans to study Kinesiology.

During track this spring, Sermons clocked in with an impressive 10.53 in the 100-meter dash. With track over, he has switched focus back to football. Diamond Ranch is in the middle of spring football.

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