Brinkley: A Bruising Back

His toughness and good vision are what head coach Paul Pasqualoni was attracted to when recruiting 5-foot-10, 193 pound running back and 2003 Pennsylvania Class AAAA Offensive Player of the Year Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley of West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA.<br><br>

"He's one of those guys who is extremely tough and has great acceleration," Pasqualoni said. "He's hard to knock down. He has good vision and we really liked his toughness.

Brinkley is one of the top recruits of Pasqualoni's class, which includes 27 other high school preps who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

Brinkley who is nicknamed "Boonah" recorded 7,429 rushing yards and 85 touchdowns in his career, the most in Philadelphia prep school history, breaking previous record set by Kevin Jones (Virginia Tech). He set Philadelphia career records with 1,007 carries and five 300-yard rushing games. Brinkley also set Philadelphia records with 2,813 yards in his senior season, 399 yards in a single game and 216 average yards per game in 2003. Brinkley was a 2003 PrepStar All-American.

Brinkley said the reason he chose Syracuse was because they recruited him the longest.

"They've had an interest in me for a long time, "Brinkley who was recruited by assistant coach Chris White said.

Brinkley picked Syracuse over Boston College, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rutgers and West Virginia.

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