Motivated for More

Hoping to add some depth in the secondary for the 2014 season, Wisconsin is still after the under-rated Lake Wales (FL) cornerback Dedric Brinson, who has taken his time with his recruitment.

Lake Wales (FL) cornerback Dedric Brinson expects to attract more offers during his upcoming senior season. While many are not familiar with the 6-2, 180-pound cornerback's game, Brinson is confident he will impress more than the eight schools that are currently recruiting him.

"I'm busy working hard this summer, because the season is right around the corner," Brinson told Badger Nation. "I think I should have more offers. I feel like my senior year will be my best year. Every year I feel like I have to be the best and I have been working really hard."

His offer list may be higher if it wasn't for his healthy. Suffering a MCL injury on the third play of his spring game, Brinson has spent most of the offseason going through rehab, icing and doing lightweights to strengthen the knee. Working out three days a week, plus conditioning and weightlifting to better his stats (32 tackles, six interceptions and a forced fumble) from last season, Brinson has been motivated by the thought of getting more college choices.

"I've been working so hard since that knee injury and it's been motivating me to work even harder," said Brinson. "The knee feels better, but I still have to go through some more rehab, but I will be ready to play for the first game … I'm not going to lie, I think it's awesome to think about potentially getting more offers this season."

Unsure of what schools he is going to visit and what new schools will jump into the mix, Brinson holds offers Duke, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Massachusetts UCF, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin. The Badgers offered during May's spring evaluation period, but Brinson is still unsure of the program.

"I like the defensive coordinator Dave Aranda from Wisconsin," said Brinson. "I met him in person at my high school and have kept in touch with him. I don't know too much about the school though honestly, but I know it gets kind of cold there but that's it.

"Coach Aranda has been recruiting me as a defensive back, because I'm a pretty good size. I feel comfortable in that position and I feel like I could play on the next level in that position at somewhere like Wisconsin."

Brinson has yet to name his top three, but admits he has a favorite.

"One school I am favoring is UCF because it's close to home," said Brinson. "My mom and I went for a visit and it's only about 45 minutes away, but you never know what's going to happen. I'm also use to the weather so that's a plus, and I get to talk to the coaches a lot more because it is closer to me."

Planning on taking his officials during his Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks and commit after the season, Brinson is leaning toward staying closer to home, but says his family is leaving the decision up to him.

"My mom has faith in me to make the right choice, but financially she can only get to somewhere like UCF," said Brinson. "If I go far away then it's a lot of money so I would rather have my family be able to come watch me play. It's important to me that my mom can come and watch me. She leaves the decision up to me though and tells me to go wherever my heart desires. My brother also doesn't care where I play, he just wants me to go to any college and play football.

"The whole recruiting process hasn't been overwhelming because it's been a blessing. I feel good though, because it's all about how hard you work and without working hard then I wouldn't be getting the offers."


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