July 6, 2010

Jeremiah Briscoe talks 7-on-7, A&M

Playing at a private school frequently limits the opportunity to play against the best competition, but the 7-on-7 tournament being held in College Station later this week tears down many of the barriers between public and private. The opportunity to go against the best is something Houston Second Baptist quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe is looking forward to.

"I really am excited," he said. "We played in a tournament in Hitchcock last week and saw better, more athletic teams than we had in the past. We were shellshocked at first, but we were able to settle down and hold our own."

Briscoe said the level of talent Second Baptist has at the skill positions will make them competitive against any team they play in the 7-on-7 format.

"We actually have more athletes at running back and wide receiver than we had in the past," he said. "We're real athletic on the offensive side of the ball, and our defense is making plays like we need them to so we can get the ball back, score and get up early."

The chance to return to the Texas A&M campus is something else Briscoe is looking forward to.

"That's where my mom went to school and I've been around it a long time," he said. "When I was up there for the camp this spring…I liked it a lot."

Briscoe said the personal attention shown by members of the Aggie coaching staff stood out in comparison to some of its Big 12 competitors.

"Every time I saw a new coach, they would stop and go out of their way to stop and talk to me. It was more of a relationship, a family thing," he said. "It was different from OU, where it was so business-like, so professional. It was more like they cared about you as a person as well as a football player."

Briscoe said A&M's offensive style, the success of Jerrod Johnson and the NFL resumes of the offensive coaches were all highly appealing.

"You've got a coach who was Brett Favre's quarterback coach, and coaches who know what it takes to get to the next level and succeed," he said. "It all blew me away."

Briscoe said he wanted to remain close to home and has Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma on his list of favorites.

"It'd be neat to play at a school with all the tradition like (Texas)," he said, "but I'd have four quarterbacks, including (former Second Baptist quarterback) Connor (Wood) in front of me."

So who tops the list of favorites right now?

"A&M's at the top. Jeff Wood told me that when you're an Aggie, you're always an Aggie and I like that a lot," he said. "Hopefully I'll be blessed with an A&M offer."

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