Brimfield, a 6-foot-5 290-pound defensive tackle from Neeses (S.C.) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, heard serious rumblings about North Carolina's coaching situation Saturday night. However, he hoped that the rumors would prove untrue.
"Somebody told me that Coach [John] Bunting was going to get fired," said Brimfield. "I was going to wait and see what was going to happen. I tried calling the coaches [Saturday night], but no one was answering. So, I figured something was wrong. Then I got word Sunday night that Bunting got fired."
One of the major reasons Brimfield said he made the decision to verbally commit to UNC back in June was the coaching staff that was in place at the time.
"When I found out [about the coaching change] I thought about the situation," said Brimfield. "That was one of the reasons that I committed to North Carolina – they had great coaches. So I was thinking and I had second thoughts about attending North Carolina."
Monday night, Brimfield spoke with his primary recruiter, Danny Pearman.
"He knew why I wanted to come to North Carolina and it wasn't going to be there because [Bunting] is leaving," said Brimfield. "He was like, if things don't go right and what I was coming to North Carolina for isn't there, he knew I was going to open it back up and start looking again.
"He didn't know [if he was going to be around next year]. He would have to see with the new coach. But if things don't work out, he'd have to move on."
In addition to UNC, Brimfield will be strongly considering Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Only UNC and USC have scholarship offers on the table at this time.
"I'm just going to focus on my SAT and ACT, take my [official] visits, and go from there," said Brimfield.
In addition to academics, Brimfield will be focusing on his senior football season. With Brimfield anchoring both the offensive and defensive lines, H-K-T holds a 5-4 record.