This week had the potential to be big for Syracuse football recruiting with two top targets, Jamal Holloway and Moe Neal, announcing their decisions. But on Monday, they kicked the week off right with a cornerback out of the Peach State.
Atlanta (Ga.) Mays High cornerback Monquavion Brinson committed to the Orange Monday night over offers from Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Ohio) and Mississippi State, a source told CuseNation.com. He is listed at 6-foot-0 and 168-pounds.
"I just felt like it was the right school for me," Brinson said. "Me talking to (defensive backs) coach (Fred) Reed, it felt like me and him have a good relationship. He actually came down and saw me play personally and gave me the offer. So I felt like he would be a good coach for me."
He becomes the 12th member of Syracuse's 2016 class.
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons believes the Orange are getting a solid player who fit well into their defensive scheme.
"A corner who plays with an edge," Simmons said. "He loves to play press and get up in the receiver's face at the line of scrimmage. He's best when playing close to the line of scrimmage. He has that swag and confidence when on the football field.
"Brinson is known for aggression and mixing it up to knock receivers off their routes. He is a solid tackler in the open field."
Brinson committed to Syracuse despite not visiting the campus. The plan is to take the trip this fall for a game likely as an official visit, he told CuseNation.com. Brinson is friends with fellow Syracuse pledge Will Harper. Harper has been helping Syracuse recruit Brinson, and was excited to learn about Brinson's decision.
He was named the top defensive back of the Atlanta MVP camp. You can check out his junior highlights in the video below.