Brimfield pledged to the Tar Heels back in October but, like several UNC commitments, decided to reopen the recruiting process after North Carolina’s head coaching change. He was considering Clemson, North Carolina State, South Carolina as well as taking another look at UNC.
He was scheduled to visit North Carolina next week and Clemson the week after. However his first trip to Big Orange Country left a lasting impression and he gave his verbal commitment to the Volunteers.
UT picks up a prospect with the size and mobility (5.00 time in the 40) to be a force in the trenches and there’s evidence the three-star talent is coming into his own. Where he has always quick off the ball and with a strong bull rush, he hasn’t always finished plays. That changed in 2006 as he cranked up his intensity level to match his imposing physical frame, while improving his technique in the process.
“He is great getting to the ball,” said Hunter-Kindard-Tyler High School head coach Jermaine Derricott told Don Callahan of Carolina Insider. “He is a great big man out there and knows how to move. We just wanted to move him around and get him a lot closer to the ball.
“He is just starting to learn the game of football. When I got here he really didn't know much about technique. He has really grown up. He is learning a lot from watching film, and we all are really learning a lot watching him.”
Brimfield finished the season with 55 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles to lead his team to a 6-4 mark. He is rated the nation’s No. 58 prospect at his position by Scout.com.
“I’m still open, but I’m leaning towards Tennessee right now,” Brimfield said three weeks before his visit. “That’s my number one school right now. Right now – given the fact that I haven’t been there to the campus yet – they’ve been doing some major recruiting. I see that they are definitely on me. I feel they are showing strong interest in me.”
Although it now appears Brimfield will not play for North Carolina, he will get a chance to be coached by a native Tar Heel.
“The second thing, Tennessee has a good reputation with D-lineman,” he said. “Coach [Dan] Brooks has a good reputation with D-lineman. I’d love to play for him.”
Tennessee has had outstanding success in recent years with such Palmetto State defensive linemen as Shaun Ellis, Albert Haynesworth and Tony McDaniel. Both Ellis and Haynesworth were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.