The Council Bluffs Lewis Central tight end caught three passes for 57 yards, which included a touchdown from 37 yards out. A few days later, a letter came from D.J. Hernandez, who coached the position for the Hawkeyes the last two years.
"It basically congratulated me for a great game, listed my stats and said "Go Hawks,"" Brinkman said. "That's kind of when they started recruiting me."
"I've been getting letters weekly and that led to the junior day invite. I keep in contact with Coach (Reese) Morgan, who is my recruiting coordinator quite a bit," he said.
Brinkman caught 36 passes for 570 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder also recorded 44.5 tackles (6.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) as a defensive end. Iowa has been recruiting him as a tight end.
"With Coach Morgan, he basically talked about their spring practices and how they'd like me to come back for one of their practices to see how they practice, which that will be really cool. I look forward to going back and checking it out," Brinkman said of his junior day visit.
"Coach (LeVar) Woods talked about the role the tight ends play in their offense."
Brinkman said toured Iowa's new football building Saturday after seeing it progress during his last two visits.
"It's awesome. They're still not even done. They talked about how much more they're putting in, the finishing touches. The way it sounds, it's going to look really nice. I'm excited to see it again," he said.
Iowa invited Brinkman back to camp at the school in June.
"I haven't discussed a scholarship at all with them but I like the program and I look forward to continuing to be recruited by them," he said.
Brinkman said he's also been recruited by Iowa State, Nebraska, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Minnesota and Missouri. He's attended games at Iowa State and Nebraska. He's been to junior days at Minnesota, Iowa State and South Dakota State with upcoming stops set up to North Dakota State and South Dakota.
"I like meeting the coaches face to face to see what they're like rather than over text or Twitter and mail and stuff. I like learning about my position and its role in their offense. I love seeing their facilities," he said.
Brinkman looks like a well-rounded tight end on tape.
"With my offense in high school, I'm an up-back, kind of. I've played fullback. I've motioned across and led up the hole. I've also played in the slot as well as right next to the tackle. One of my strengths is that they can put me in any position as a tight end or a slot receiver or a fullback and I can play there. I can get better and blocking and receiving and running routes. I can get better at all of it," he said.
Brinkman also plays basketball and throws the discus for the Lewis Central track team. He hopes to major in foreign language with a minor in business.
"It seems really cool to learn more languages and be able to travel the world," he said.