"They (the Chippewas' coaching staff) told me that a scholarship from Central was possible out of this camp and they just have to look at — they filmed the whole camp — they have to look at my results," Brunner said in a telephone interview this afternoon. "That's probably a place that I could realistically end up going to and that would be a great situation."
At the CMU camp, Brunner (6-foot-2, 255 pounds), who is waiting for his first scholarship offer, said he recorded a 4.9-second 40-yard dash, a 4.65 20-yard shuttle, a 7.41 in the 3-cone drill and 14 bench-press reps at 225 pounds.
"If I could give you a list, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Illinois State and North Dakota State are showing a lot of interest and I've visited all those school. And I got to know their coaching staffs real well," Brunner said. "My cousin plays at Central Michigan so if I could tell you a favorite school, that would probably be the most ideal situation for me."
Brunner's cousin, Brian Brunner, will be a sophomore quarterback at CMU this fall. Brian Brunner was an exceptional signal caller at Hartford (Wis.) High School, which, like Greendale, is in suburban Milwaukee.
Eric Brunner most likely projects to defensive tackle in college.
"If you get to a college, you'll do whatever they tell you to do," Brunner said matter-of-factly. "A change of position is always something practical at the next level."
He does not have a preferred position. "As long as I'm on the field it doesn't matter what I'm doing," Brunner said.
A week before the CMU camp, Brunner attended a camp at Ball State.
"They went real well," he said of the two camp trips. "The one I was at this past weekend at Central is more just getting numbers on their recruits… At Ball State we got to do one-on-one drills in shoulder pads. It was a pretty good time."
Brunner will be in Ann Arbor, Mich. beginning on Sunday for a five-day camp at the University of Michigan. He will also attend one-day camps at Northern Illinois, Illinois State, North Dakota State and Wisconsin. He went to junior days at Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and Ball State.
Brunner has received some interest from Wisconsin, and has spoken to head coach Bret Bielema several times, but he is focused on the MAC and Division I-AA schools because he feels there is little chance the Badgers will offer him a scholarship.
"I don't see myself getting a chance to go there just because they only have like 15 scholarships to give out this year and I know they signed two or three defensive linemen last year so they really don't need another one," Brunner said. "Plus, my size really isn't prototypical for what they're looking for."
As a result, Brunner is currently focused on getting exposure with mid-major programs. That is leading him to the Michigan camp, on the recommendation of a Ball State coach. "He told me that was a good one to go to because all the coaches from the MAC, and like the smaller I-A conferences, they come to that one" and help out with the camp, Brunner said.