Brenner will transfer to S. Durham

Gordon Walters' already loaded Spartans squad just got stronger as North Carolina football prospect and Chapel Hill native Trey Brenner announced Wednesday he will attend Southern Durham next year.

Brenner, a rising senior football/baseball player, will transfer at the end of the current school year. He will join a talented group of athletes coached by Walters that should make a serious run at the state 3-A championship later this fall.

Southern now boasts at least seven legitimate Division I prospects for 2005 -- Brenner, Virginia commits' Brandon Woods and Maurice Covington, defensive end Ronnie Mason, linebackers' Jordan Daniel and Charles Gamble, and fullback Whitman Reese -- to go with 2006 lineman prospect Carl Johnson.

Brenner will line up at middle linebacker in between Gamble and Daniel. He will also share time with Reese at fullback.

Brenner gave numerous reasons for his departure from East Chapel Hill High.

"I respect the wonderful job that the athletic department has done with sports at East, however; East is not a football school," Brenner said in a family-generated press release.

"I have a chance to play for, in my opinion, the best football coach in the state and with some of the most talented athletes at any one school in the country. Every coach I've ever had has told me that I'll be a better player playing with and against the best. Well, now I've got that chance playing at Southern."

Brenner, who belongs to a weight training club led by UNC strength coach Jeff Connors, is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds.

The decision was not an easy one from a personal standpoint, Brenner said.

"Not many of my friends play football so they have a problem with me transferring," Brenner said. "They don't realize how much I love the game and how much it hurts to lose. They know I spend a lot of time training with Coach Conners but they have no clue how painful that training is. But, it's not nearly as painful as losing a game on Friday night. I can't stand the thought of ever losing another game. At East we played not to lose. At Southern we will play to win. Coach Walters, along with the rest of the Southern coaching staff as well as the players I've come to know, share this desire to win."

Brenner said he spent a lot of time last season talking to Dexter Reid about remaining fired up on the football field, when the scoreboard wasn't going your way.

"Both of us were kind of having the same kind of season," Brenner said. "Dex really helped me stay focused last year. Stick to your goals. Hopefully, we'll both win a championship next year. That would be awesome."

This summer, Trey will attend one day camps at Clemson 5/29, Wake Forest 6/6, ECU 6/12, Vanderbilt 6/13, UNC 6/15, Duke 6/19 and Georgia 7/9.

Brenner cannot officially work out with Walters until he finishes his exams on June 10.

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