|Height - Weight||5'10" 190 lbs|
|High School||Sandy Creek|
|Rivals||** - 5.4|
It’s no wonder the pass-tastic Missouri Tigers were recruiting Branisel because he’s a terrific receiving tight end. Spread offenses, while putting the spotlight on wide receivers, also presents good opportunities for athletic tight ends to shine. Look no further than Aaron Hernandez from Florida who is now with the New England Patriots and Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma who was drafted in the 1st round by the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s too early to tell if Branisel will develop into the successful tight ends like them but I’m really encouraged by how aggressive he is with the ball in the air. He’s a big target for quarterbacks and is a mismatch when covered by linebackers. They simply can’t keep up with his speed. Really there’s little not to like about this commitment.
In 2013, Blake Annen will probably be the starting tight end at Cincinnati and it will be difficult for a true freshman to step in to supplant him. On the other hand, there are few things Branisel needs to improve upon in the passing game and he’s not too shabby at run blocking, either. Still, he will have to jump Josh Russ, Matt Staubach, and DeShawn Dowdy on the two-deep. He will probably take a redshirt for the simple fact that there won’t be enough reps to go around. Finally, I can’t imagine Cincinnati signing another tight end in this class with Kelce and Richardson graduating. The entire 2013 class will be small as it is and there are more pressing needs on this roster.