Brimfield Talks with Blake

Before the Dead Period put a hold on communication between recruiters and recruits, North Carolina's newly hired assistant coach John Blake chatted with former UNC pledge William Brimfield.

"As a matter of fact, I talked to Coach Blake," said Brimfield. "The main thing we were talking about was building a player-coach relationship.

"He was saying given my size and the way I move, there's a strong possibility I can make it to the NFL. He said he'd liked to help me get there.

"That's about it so far. I haven't seen the guy. He called me one day and we started talking."

Brimfield, a 6-foot-5 290-pound defensive tackle from Neese (S.C.) Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, originally verbally committed to North Carolina in June, but opened things back up after John Bunting's dismissal.

While he plans to continue to attempt to build a relationship with Blake, Brimfield has been impressed with what he's learned thus far.

"He seemed like a good guy," said Brimfield. "He's a good Christian guy. I can say from what he was saying he sounds like a good coach. I know he coached in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Before talking to him, all I knew was that he was the D-line coach at North Carolina."

That relationship will continue to develop during Brimfield's official visit to Chapel Hill on January 19th. That trip is sandwiched between official visits with Tennessee (January 12th) and Clemson (January 26th).

In early December, Brimfield took his first official trip when he visited South Carolina.

"That went pretty good – it was a good visit," said Brimfield. "I got with some of the guys – Akeem Auguste, Terrell Edwards, and Stephen Garcia. All the guys, we had a good time hanging out up there."

Heading into a month full of significant campus traveling, Brimfield has a soft favorite.

"I'm still open, but I'm leaning towards Tennessee right now," said Brimfield. "That's my number one school right now.

"Right now – given the fact that I haven't been there to the campus yet – they've been doing some major recruiting. I see that they are definitely on me. I feel they are showing strong interest in me.

"The second thing, Tennessee has a good reputation with D-lineman. Coach [Dan] Brooks has a good reputation with D-lineman. I'd love to play for him."

Brimfield has a preferred timeline to end his decision process.

"I'd like to have my decision made by Signing Day, but I know time wise and scholarship wise I'd liked to have a decision by the end of my last visit or after my North Carolina visit," said Brimfield.

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