Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic all-purpose back / safety Curtis Brinkley was scheduled to visit Syracuse, but after making it to the state championship game Friday night, he opted to move the trip to next month. He has trimmed his list of favorites to seven and hopes to have three more trips set up by the end of the week.
“It got cancelled because of the championship game, but I rescheduled it for Jan. 16,” he commented. “I also switched up the schools I am looking at.”
Nebraska, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, and Georgia Tech are now the top seven schools on his list of favorites. He has not set any other visits yet, but plans to set three others next week, although he is not sure which schools will get the nod.
He will only be able to take four visits, because he is scheduled to take the SAT this upcoming weekend, and that only leaves four available weekends before Signing Day. He has an in-home visit with Coach Chris White from Syracuse, but has not scheduled any others.
Brinkley stands 5-foot-10, weighs 185 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He is rated the No. 10 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com and although he also a safety prospect on some schools’ charts, he prefers to run the ball at the next level. This will play a role in his decision.
“I am looking at the graduation rate, the opportunity to play soon, and if they are going to switch up my position,” he commented. “I am also looking at the social environment.”
Although his team lost a disappointing 17-14 decision in the championship game, Brinkley still managed to have an impressive showing. He rushed for more than 220 yards on 19 caries and had two long touchdowns – one for more than 80 yards and another for more than 70 yards.
His performance brought his season total 2,294 yards and 32 touchdowns and his career totals to 1,007 carries for 7,413 yards and 85 touchdowns. He was recently nominated for MVP of the state.
Brinkley maintains a 2.5 GPA and hopes to improve his SAT score this upcoming Saturday.