”I have 12 offers,” said Mark Birmingham. “The most recent one was Miami. It really meant a lot. I know they do a great job with their tight ends, so to know that they would like to take a chance on me is just great. I haven’t been down there yet, but I definitely want to visit.”
Along with the Hurricanes, Birmingham’s offer list includes Duke, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin among others. Penn State and Vanderbilt are also showing serious interest..
His most recent visit was Florida.
“I was down there for Friday Night Lights,” said the the 6-foot-3 ½, 231-pound Birmingham. “It was a great visit and I had a great time. I got to meet all the coaches. They were all great guys and it was good to see how they coach.
”My favorite part of the visit was just being there and being around all the people. I definitely got to talk to (tight ends) coach (Derek) Lewis a lot. I also got to sit down with him one-on-one and watch film. It was great to get to know him well. He told me to keep working hard and that I’d be a good fit for their offense.”
While on campus, Birmingham also got to talk to head coach Will Muschamp.
”We had a meeting in his office and he got to meet my father, so that was a big deal to me,” he said. “We just talked and tried to get to know each other better. He told me they were so excited I was able to come down and visit. He also said he wanted me to come back. It was an all-around good time and it was a really good day.”
The trip to Florida will likely be his last trip of the summer. However, he has already started thinking about visits this fall.
”I know I’m going to UVa for the North Carolina game Oct.25,” Birmingham said. “I’d also love to go to Duke, Florida and Florida State, too.”
Birmingham is the No. 8 tight end in the country and 190th-ranked prospect in the 2016 class.