However, the last few months the 6-foot-1, 197-pound Brent gave more thought to it, and after meeting with advisors at his school and talking to the Irish staff, he decided to follow through on it and now will enroll at Notre Dame in January.
"One day I woke up and it was like, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to get there early,' " Brent said. "In the worst case scenario, I get my master's degree and stay four years. I felt like it was a good decision to make. So, I'm excited."
Brent acknowledged there were some slight down sides to enrolling early, including perhaps not walking for graduation or missing his senior prom, but he said the positives far outweigh the negatives.
"I'm looking forward to getting their early and being ahead," Brent said. "There's going to be some other guys that get there early, too, but being ahead, getting to know the play book, getting used to the school and the work I'm going to be doing and stuff like that, that's what I'm looking forward to.
"From a football standpoint, you're learning the system earlier than most will and that gives you a better chance to get into the system more than most will. As far as school is concerned, it's just about always being a little bit ahead of everybody, being used to it a little bit before you would be if you came in during the summer."
The only class Brent has to take to graduate early is an online government class, and he is all set to do that.
The decision to enroll early comes a week before training camp begins, and one in which there will be plenty of attention on Brent. After a big showing at The Opening to begin July, Brent saw his ranking soar to the No. 15 receiver in the nation.
"Of course, you work hard, but I think it was people finally getting to see me," he said. "I remember when I went to the (Nike) camp last year, and I was probably one of the top underclassmen there. Other than that, no one really saw me because I wasn't going to any other camps. I was only going to schools to get offers and then get committed to Notre Dame."