The Other BRHS Linebacker Getting Attention

Jonathan Birmingham from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City will be one of the in-state prospects to watch this fall. He is hearing from a variety of colleges although he hasn't received as much attention as teammate Eltoro Freeman.

Alexander City, Ala.--There have been a healthy number of Division I football players at Benjamin Russell High in the past couple of years and that will likely be the case again with the class of 2007.

Even though a lot of that attention has been focused on Eltoro Freeman to this point, his fellow linebacker and teammate Jonathan Birmingham is solid D-I prospect as well.

Over the past couple of seasons, Birmingham has shown a knack for getting to the football, good coverage skills and the propensity to make big hits in game action.

Recently, the linebacker showed some of those skills at the Combine in Tuscaloosa.

"I had a great time, meeting new people, people that I will be going up against in 2007," he says about the event that was held earlier in May. "It was great going out and showcasing my talent and everything."

Birmingham adds that, overall, he felt like he put on a strong performance, even though he knows he still has work to do in certain areas.

"I felt like I measured up pretty well," he says. "My 40 time, I have still got to work on that, but everything else was pretty good. I have got to work on my speed and everything, but coverage wise I think I did pretty well."

The athletic prospect measured in at 5-11, 202-pounds. He had recorded a strong effort of 31-inches in the vertical jump, but was disappointed in his 4.8 40 time on a windy day.

Heading into his senior season, Birmingham says that he only has one thing on his mind regarding football. "At Benjamin Russell we always have one goal in mind and that is to win the state championship," he says. "So, we are going to come out, get bigger, faster and stronger and work as a unit and go out and see what we can do."

Unlike Freeman, Birmingham does not currently have any scholarship offers, but with the interest he is receiving from around the South it is likely only a matter of time before he picks up a few.

"I am hearing from a lot of schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Southern Miss," he notes.

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