Rutgers checks out record setting back

Defenders have not been able to stop Gopher recruiting target 5-10 running back Curtis Brinkley of Philadelphia (PA) West Catholic, but a teacher strike was at least able to slow him down. West Catholic was forced to cancel two games during the strike, but that will probably not be enough to stop Brinkley's assault at the city record books for rushing yards.

Curtis Brinkley rushed 324 times for 2,813 yards (8.7 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns for the Burrs, who finished with a 9-4 record, a regular season title and a spot in league championship game last season. Brinkley has 5,119 yards for his career and is expected to break the Philadelphia city record of 6,122. He was named MVP in voting by the Catholic League football coaches.

 

Brinkley has been nominated to play in the fourth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game on Jan. 3 in San Antonio, Texas. He is among the 400 nominees from across the nation.

 

Last year, the Gophers recruited West Catholic teammate wide receiver-defensive back Jonathan Jackson, who signed with Penn State.

 

West Catholic head coach Brian Fluck said that Minnesota was in Jackson's final four, finishing third in his recruitment. Jackson did visit the campus on an official visit and has talked to Brinkley about the school.

 

Fluck admits that he and Brinkley are more familiar with the school in their area.

 

"We don't know as much about the midwest schools. That's a visit that will be important. We talked to Jonathan about Minnesota. Curtis has talked to Coach Lockwood several times and we will likely visit them."

 

Brinkley has made unofficial visits to Syracuse, Penn State, Wake Forest and Virginia.

 

Brinkley has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Syracuse, Iowa, Temple and Minnesota and Fluck has said that Indiana, Maryland, Boston College and Rutgers have request game tapes and his transcripts. .

 

The strike has hurt his recruitment slightly, according to Fluck, since the team has played in only one game due to the strike. A decision is to be announced today about re-scheduling the two missed contests. Fluck expects that the two games will be added to the end of the schedule and the playoffs will be pushed back.

 

Fluck said that Brinkley will likely take some official visits in October.

 

"He'll likely sit down after the visits and make a decision. He is wide-open right now."

 

Brinkley, who weights 190 pounds, ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at a combine, according to Fluck and bench presses 285 to 290 pounds and can squat 450 to 500 pounds.

  

Brinkley was held to less than 25 yards rushing in their season-opening loss to Roman Catholic 21-15, but he scored on a 79-yard touchdown. Roman Catholic was able to control the ball limiting Brinkley's chances. He nearly threw a touchdown pass on a flea flicker at the 1-yard line with three minutes to go, but the ball went off a receiver's fingers


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