A few days ago, Georgia defensive back Monquavion Brinson announced his top 10 schools. The three-star player included the Orange on his list, as well as a variety of other programs.
Brinson’s top ten includes: SU, Troy, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Kent State, Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, and Auburn. Clearly, Auburn and resurgent Mississippi State stand out as SEC programs, but Brinson may not get playing time any time soon if he goes to either of those schools. All ten schools extended him offers, except for Auburn.
The Orange already has a commitment from another defensive back from Georgia, Will Harper. The 2015 class which is set to debut in a few short months, features a couple players from Georgia. Safety Christopher Fredrick is from Ellenwood, while defensive tackle Tyler Cross is from Douglasville. Both are rated three stars. Two-star corner Kielan Whitner is also from Georgia.
Brinson measures in at 5-foot-11 and just 163 pounds. He clearly needs to bulk up during his senior year, or he is going to have a tough time covering college receivers. However, last season, he did record 45 tackles and two interceptions, so the talent is there.
Sticking in the secondary, the Orange are still in play for four-star Maryland safety Eric Burrell. His recruiting front has been rather quiet for a couple weeks, after visiting campus at the end of June. Burrell is close to Brinson’s size at 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds, so he still needs to grow as well.
Burrell has already visited Boston College, Duke, Rutgers, Virginia, and Syracuse. He is also considering Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Having already planned a visit to Nebraska in September, Burrell plans to take visits to all of his final schools in the fall. While there is no favorite yet, Burrell does have a good connection with Duke because they’ve shown him the most attention.
The Orange needs to rebuild its secondary up after losing some talented players over the last few years. This season will certainly be a rough one for the Orange secondary, as opposing quarterbacks will most likely find plenty of holes. SU will only return one starter from the backfield, Julian Whigham, but will get Wayne Morgan back from injury.