HOLIDAY, Fla. -- Brandon Inniss helped South Florida Express roll through the Pylon 7-on-7 Tampa-area on Saturday. Onlookers weren't surprised given some of the talent on the storied program's roster, led by the class of 2023 wide receiver prospect currently standing as the most coveted at the position nationally.
The rising-junior made plenty of plays on offense, working at wideout and running back, but may have made a larger impact during the undefeated title run on defense as a safety. Not only did Inniss get his teammates lined up, he patrolled the middle of the field with ease, coming down with at least one interception in pool play.
More than 30 college football programs have already made the jump, extending a verbal offer to the south Floridian, including national champion Alabama and Ohio State of late. The only perennial playoff contender yet to do the same is Clemson.
"I feel really blessed, I just keep humble and keep working as I go," Inniss said. "I talk to Clemson, Coach (Brent) Venables a couple times the past couple months. Clemson runs their own standard, they want you to have two years of high school done, so pretty much after that they say I'll have the offer.
"Once I get that, that will be pretty good."
In the month of March, Pac-12 powers USC and Oregon offered and each instantly became potential visit destinations once the NCAA recruiting dead period ends May 31.
"I watched Oregon growing up," he said. "I remember one game, they played FSU in 2014 with Jameis Winston, I watched that game like, 'Oregon is pretty nice!' They like my skill set, want me to play the slot and the outside and tell me they like everything I can do on the field."
Inniss wants to visit several programs this summer, reflective of the coaching staffs he is in contact with most. A Florida State self-guided visit will coincide with the Seminoles' spring game this weekend, something dozens of Sunshine State recruits are duplicating despite the lack of contact permissible between prospect and college coach.
"I call coaches every week since they can't contact me yet," he said. "We'll start with the Florida schools, Coach (Rhett) Lashlee from Miami, I talk to Coach Tim Brewster from Florida, Coach (Ron) Dugans and Coach (Mike) Norvell from FSU. Georgia, it's Coach (Dell) McGee. Oklahoma, Coach (Dennis) Simmons and Coach (Lincoln) Riley. Alabama, Coach (Robert) Gillespie, Jay Valai and Coach (Holmon) Wiggins.
"Ohio State, Brian Hartline, we just got off the phone. Me and him talk every week, it's a nice relationship between me and him right now. He's a really outgoing kind of guy. Real chill, real cool guy. I can't wait to get to Ohio State and see what he's about and what Ohio State is about."
Additional potential visit destinations named by Inniss include Arizona State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson.
Plenty of program research, in addition to the trips, is to be had in the recruitment of one of America's top sophomores. He told SI All-American not to expect a decision until 'after' his senior season.
"I'm really taking it slow, probably slower than most do," he said. "What's important is the opportunity to play right away, trust and communication."
Inniss, who announced Monday he would suit up for defending state champion Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage in 2021, already has 25 varsity receiving touchdowns to his name as an underclassman.
More from SI All-American