William Brimfield: "It Was Awesome"

Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (Neeses, SC) 3-star defensive tackle William Brimfield made an official visit over the weekend to see what the home-state South Carolina Gamecocks have to offer. Brimfield had been relatively tight-lipped in regard to favorites entering into the weekend, but read inside to find out where things stand after his trip to Columbia.

Brimfield, who measures in at a monstrous 6'6 and 310 pounds, said he liked everything about his visit to USC, and he even stated that the thought of living in the city is beginning to grow on him.

"It went real good. I had a great time," said Brimfield. "There were some nice guys there. It was a nice place with nice facilities. At one point in time, I didn't want to go to school in the city, but I'm kind of considering the city now. It really is a nice place to be. I like it a whole lot."

The standout defensive lineman had the opportunity to sit down with the USC coaches on his visit, and they made it clear that he would have the potential to contribute early if he were to become a Gamecock.

"I chatted with Coach Brad Lawing, Steve Spurrier, and all those guys. They were talking pretty highly of me. They've seen me play, and they are in need of D-linemen. I met every D-lineman that they had, and I was the biggest one. They were telling me about possibly getting early playing time. It's possible, being the fact that I'm a big kid. I'm weighing in at 6'6, 310 pounds, and I can move. Being the fact that I'm a big kid, strong, fast, and can move, there's a possibility that I could get some very early playing time there."

According to Brimfield, one of the highlights from his trip to Columbia was hanging out and joking around with his fellow prospects over the weekend.

"Yeah, I hung out with Stephen Garcia, Akeem Auguste, Terrell Edwards, and all those guys. They're some real good guys. Garcia was one of the ones who was amazed by how big I was when I first came in there, and I told him that I was a place kicker. He was like, ‘What? Are you serious?' I was like, ‘No, I'm coming to be a D-tackle.' Garcia is a really cool dude."

Brimfield also hit it off well with his player host, Kenrick Ellis, on his visit.

"My host was Kenrick Ellis. We hung out and had a good time. Me and him are about the same size. He weighs a little more than me, but together side by side, everyone loved it. They said we looked good together."

When asked to rate his visit on a scale from one to ten, Brimfield gave an enthusiastic reply.

"It was a ten. It was a ten-plus. It was awesome."

After such an enjoyable visit to South Carolina, Brimfield said he is ready to narrow his list of favorites.

"Right now, I'm chopping two of the schools off. I'm trying to narrow this thing down so I can get back to my school work and do pretty good and get my SAT's. I'm not really interested in North Carolina State or Tennessee anymore. I'm just going to roll with the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina."

When asked if one of his two favorite schools had the advantage over the other, Brimfield, who was previously committed to the Tar Heels, said they are currently in a dead heat.

"They are kind of in a race right now. Both are real good schools, and I love both of them."

The Palmetto State standout was scheduled to make a visit to Chapel Hill in January, but he now plans on moving that visit up, because he feels he is close to making a decision.

"I've got one scheduled for (January) 19th, but I'm going to see if I can get that one moved up. I'm looking to make a decision after the North Carolina visit. About two days after the North Carolina visit, I'm looking to make my decision. I know things are getting real tight. Schools want me, but I know things are getting real tight. I want to go ahead and come down with my decision, so I won't have all this going through my senior year. I want to get through this nice, smooth, easy, get qualified, and be ready."

One factor working in the Gamecocks favor is that new UNC Head Coach Butch Davis and his staff have not been in contact with Brimfield lately.

"I haven't talked with (Coach Davis) lately. As a matter of fact, I haven't talked with any coach from North Carolina lately. I don't know really what's going on, but I think they'll get in touch with me after this weekend."

Lastly, Brimfield named a few factors that he will be looking for when making his final decision.

"Really, it's going to come down to the coaches, the players, facilities, and academics. The academics will be first."

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