There’s a premium for taller, thicker cornerbacks against today’s modern jump-ball receiver.
Three-star athlete Brandon Facyson has an early offer from Virginia Tech.
One prospect who appears to fit the bill is Brandon Facyson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder at Northgate High School in Newnan, Ga.
Facyson is sitting on an offer from Virginia Tech and was offered as a receiver last summer by North Carolina’s previous staff.
“I love both positions,” he said. “I’ll make plays on the ball whether I’m on offense or defense.”
Facyson tallied 18 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns – most of it late in the season – in helping Northgate to the 4A Region III title.
But his value is likely to come on defense, where he registered 23 tackles and three interceptions.
Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Ole Miss are among those showing stronger interest, with mail coming from Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Wake Forest, among others.
Facyson carries an 88 rating as a high three-star prospect by 247Sports.
He might attend Georgia Tech’s junior day this weekend.
“I went to a camp there last summer and played both receiver and corner,” he said. “They’re looking at me for both positions. I went to a couple of games there this season. I’ve been around the campus a little bit.”
Facyson drew his early offers after one-day camps last summer.
“I still hear a lot from Virginia Tech,” he said. “They communicate with my father and coaches a lot. I have a good relationship with the coaches.”
While he hasn’t heard from UNC’s new staff, his former recruiter for the Tar Heels is new USC special teams/tight ends coach Joe Robinson.
Thus Facyson was invited to and attended the Gamecocks’ junior day more than two weeks ago.
“It was a good time,” he said. “It was a great place to be, and it was fun meeting all the coaches, seeing their facilities and how they recruit. While coach Robinson was previously at North Carolina and recruited me as a receiver there. I’m guessing, though, that they’re looking at me as a DB because I met with (defensive coordinator and secondary) coach (Lorenzo) Ward.”
Facyson said he has had sporadic contact with Georgia.
“They’re not on me as hard as a couple of other teams,” he said. “I went to their one-day camp last summer and did pretty well, though. That was rewarding. So we’ll see.”