"I have committed to Cincinnati," Branisel announced Thursday evening. "I was there last Tuesday, and as soon as I got on campus I felt like it was home. Once I met with all the coaches and watched practice, I just knew I wanted to be a Bearcat. I loved the campus and their offense fits me perfectly."
"I called Coach (Butch) Jones today and told him I wanted to be a Bearcat," he added. "He was with Coach (Dave) Jonhson, the tight end coach, and they were both very excited for me. I didn't want to wait on any more offers, because I knew Cincinnati was right for me."
Last week the Bearcats landed Massillon (OH) quarterback Kyle Kempt, and he and Branisel have already formed a friendship.
"Kyle and I have spoken and he's a good guy," he explained. "We talked before I visited, and he hit me up on Facebook. I'm looking forward to having him be my quarterback the next four years."
As a junior, he caught 35 passes for 536 yards, with six touchdowns. He is equally adept lining up in the slot, as he is as a basic tight end, and has the speed to get open down the seam.