"Last summer (‘07) I started playing for the Bandits and started to get my name out there - because I had never really focused on baseball until last summer," Brechbuehler said. "I got some interest from a lot of schools early and North Carolina was one of them.
"That was amazing for me - I went from getting no letters for baseball to getting the best letters. I was always very interested in UNC and that kind of carried on into the spring - when I got to campus and met the coaches and I really liked them a lot. This summer they were watching me every time I pitched and that turned into an offer and I decided to commit to UNC."
Brechbuehler's decision ultimately came down to three strong academic ACC programs – Duke, Wake Forest and UNC.
"People say that the ACC is the best conference for baseball," he said. "The SEC is a good conference as well but the ACC has some of the best academics in addition to some of the best baseball."
In addition to being a standout baseball player Brechbuehler also starred on the gridiron and in basketball at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms.
"I am a small forward in basketball," he said. "I am 6-8 and can move very well so I am not stuck down on the block all the time. Most of my high school life I expected to play football or basketball in college. In football I was a wide receiver but projected to play tight end in college. I hope to still play basketball for fun in college."
But within the last couple years, baseball has become Brechbuehler's clear priority – and since doing so he's become an impressive prospect.
"Eighteen months ago he really made the commitment to baseball," said Avon Old Farms head baseball coach Robert Dowling. "When he made that commitment he immediately began to see some results. Basically he was able to use his athletic ability - he throws the ball very hard. He is consistently clocked at 94 miles per hour. Because he came to baseball pretty late he is going to get a lot better. He has only scratched the surface in terms of what he can do physically."
Perfect Game has Brechbuehler ranked just outside of the national top 100 - at No. 105 - for the 2009 recruiting class.
"I throw a two-seam and four-seam fastball," Brechbuehler said. "My two-seam dives low and in on the right handed batters. My four-seam actually cuts a lot surprisingly for a four-seam fastball when it is really working for me. I also throw a changeup and a throw kind of a slurve. It has the same break as a curveball but I throw it harder like a slider - it is my best strikeout pitch."
While he's committed and signed to play for North Carolina, Brechbuehler will also end up being an attractive commodity for professional scouts setting up for the 2009 MLB draft.
"It would really have to be life changing," Brechbuehler stated about what it would take for a Major League team to change his career plans. "For me - my family has been very big on education - in order to pass up such a great education at UNC it really would have to be something really big for me to even consider it."