Brinson Blessed by the Badgers

Looking to continue the tradition of turning under-the-radar Florida high school defensive backs into starters in its secondary, Wisconsin extended an offer to Lake Wales (FL) cornerback Dedric Brinson.

Lake Wales (FL) cornerback Dedric Brinson was everywhere on the field last year in recording 32 tackles, six interceptions and a forced fumble. His biggest accomplishment, however, might have come this past week when defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and Wisconsin offered him a scholarship.

"Coach Aranda came to my school," Brinson told Badger Nation. "(My coach) told that they like my size and they have seen my film, which after watching rated me the best. (My coach) just said at the end that Wisconsin would like to offer me.

"I appreciate the offer very much, but I still have more to prove. That is how I feel about it. You have to keep working and stay humble. You can't overreact like most people in recruiting. I just appreciate the offer and the support. You never know where God might leave me, so maybe Wisconsin could be the spot or maybe not. We will have to see."

The 6-2, 180-pound Brinson holds offers from Georgia Southern, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Indiana, Duke and Wisconsin. He is not favoring any suitors and will be looking to stay local for the summer.

"I don't know too much about Wisconsin," he said. "It is new to me like any other school and will do my research on them to learn what they got. I might just take one of my official visits to Wisconsin."

"All my options are open and I have an open mind right now. I don't have a top list yet, but I am working on one. I would love to visit a lot of colleges this summer, but money is an issue, so I don't know exactly what my plans are. I think I will go to camps my team are going to like Miami Fl, South Florida and Central Florida."

Many are not familiar with Brinson's game but with his recruitment on the rise and his senior season coming up, he knows people will take notice and leave impressed.

"I am the aggressive type of player," he said. "I like to play a lot of man and can cover very well. I got good hips and can judge the ball very good and bring the wood. I just play with a lot of heart."

Offers are still coming in and new schools are coming by, so Brinson says he is no rush for that final decision. When the time is ready, he will know what schools are truly interested.

"I think I will make my decision probably after the season when I have taken my visits," he said. "I have to visit colleges because you can see one thing on the computer and end up not being what you thought. After the season would probably be the best time when I can sit down with my family and friends (and decide).

"I am really going to go to the school that shows me the most interest and those schools will get my officials. If you don't show me interest, then what is the point of taking a visit? A school who has offered me, showing interest in me and talking to me is a place I would be interested in."


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