Now with a year under his belt, the talented 2016 prospect is thriving.
"I definitely feel like I'm more involved and I'm having a chance to make more plays," said the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Birmingham.
Over the summer, Birmingham camped at North Carolina, which resulted in his first scholarship offer.
"The camp was great," he said. "Fortunately, I was the only tight end there, so I spent a lot of time with (tight ends) coach (Walt) Bell one-on-one and going through routes. After the camp, they offered me."
Birmingham was excited when he got the news.
"It felt good to get my first offer and I felt blessed," he said. "I can't take it for granted and I have to just keep on going."
He enjoyed his time in Chapel Hill.
"It was really nice down there," Birmingham said. "Everyone is really nice and it's a great, great place. The coaches are great, too."
As of right now, Birmingham has no college visits scheduled for the fall.
His main focus is on his sophomore season.
"I definitely want to help Briar Woods win another state championship," he said. "It's going to take teamwork and everyone is going to have to be on the same page."
Briar Woods in 3-1 and continues their season this tomorrow on the road against Woodgrove at 7 p.m.