That is the case with Venice (Calif.) safety Jonathan Brasfield (5-11, 190), who played the 2005 season at linebacker because the Gondoliers had U.S. Army All-American Jonas Mouton patrolling the secondary at safety.
With Mouton on his way to Michigan, Brasfield will get moved back to safety this season, and he's hoping to parlay that it to some serious recruiting.
But even without much exposure at safety, Brasfield is still receiving some recruiting attention. "I'm hearing from Colorado State, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State and Harvard," Brasfield said. "UCLA, USC and Harvard are my three favorite schools."
Brasfield has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but hopes to soon as he wants to make an early decision. If all goes to plan, he'll be playing his college football in the Pac-10.
"I want to stay close to home, but if I can't play close to home in the Pac-10, I'd like to go to the Ivy League," said Brasfield. "But I prefer as close to home as possible."
With Mouton's presence on defense, Brasfield spent the 2005 season at weakside linebacker, undersized but quick, and finished the season with 63 tackles. Yet 2006 will see him move to a much more comfortable spot.
"I'm being recruited as a free safety, so that's where I'm playing this year," Brasfield said. "I'll also play wide receiver this season."
Brasfield looked good at the Nike Camp earlier this month, despite participating on a sore hamstring, which forced him to have lower testing numbers than he hoped. He will be at the Scout.com Combine next month, where he expects to record better numbers.
Academically, Brasfield has a 3.6 GPA and will take the SAT on May 6th.