Coach Spotlight: Kenneth Brinson

Alan Chadwick, head football coach at Marist School in Brookhaven, Ga. has a feeling when Kenneth Brinson was in junior high school that he was going to be "something special." The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive lineman made his verbal pledge to join Army Black Knights 2015 recruiting class on December 22nd.

Kenneth Brinson Bio

ArmySports.com spoke with Alan Chadwick on how he saw Brinson evolve as a player during his time at Marist.

"From day one you could tell how special Kenneth was going to be," Chadwick stated. "He showed the explosiveness, power, strength you need to be a dominating player. He was also a tremendous hitter. As a sophomore he took over defensive end. That's a pretty big feat. It shows how physically advanced he was because it's not easy to start as a sophomore at Marist in Georgia 4A.

"This year he did really well, as he has in all three of his years as a starter. Kenneth is a terrific rusher off the edge and gets a lot of pressure on the opposing quarterback. He's a player who will make his presence known and impact a game. He did a great job for us and was named All-County, All-Region, and All-State."

Brinson, who chose Army over offers from Air Force, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Utah, Wake Forest, Stanford, and Yale, will likely be one of Army's most prized recruits in this year's class. He's a polished player who has excelled at Marist in many other areas beside football.

"The thing about Kenneth is that it's amazing to think about all the he does," Chadwick explained. "As soon as football is over with, he goes right into wrestling. He's a two-time state champion (in wrestling) who last year qualified for nationals. Then when wrestling is over with he goes to track to make the throws in shot put, discuss, and the hammer. Last year he was state champion in the discuss. Throughout the year he's working on his throws with a personal trainer. To do all that and still maintain a 4.0 GPA with four AP classes is pretty exceptional. He even went on a trip to China with the U.S. Junior Olympic team to compete in the hammer throw."

"I think he'll fit in well in the West Point environment with his motivation and focus. It's a place where I think he'll be able to expand on who he is, but most of all as a leader."

As a senior in 2014, Brinson made 42 tackles, nine for loss, five sacks and 13 quarterback hurries to help the War Eagles go 11-2.

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