Iowa RB Brinson to visit USF coaches today
Former St. Petersburg Northeast running back Jeff Brinson, who is transferring after two seasons at Iowa, will meet with USF coaches this afternoon, his high school coach said Friday.
Northeast's Jay Austin said he was initially told that USF had no scholarships available for running backs this fall, but after the dismissal of Mike Ford, USF's coaches were willing to meet him, and Brinson will do so today while home from classes on Iowa's spring break.
Brinson (5-11, 212) never played at Iowa -- he redshirted in 2008, when Shonn Greene starred for the Hawkeyes, and missed last season with an ankle injury that required surgery. Austin said Brinson has fully recovered -- he was a prolific runner at Northeast in 2007, getting three 300-yard rushing games on the way to 1,985 yards and 24 touchdowns.
USF has a ton of running backs -- seven returning on scholarship this fall, plus three more signed and expected to join the team. Could the Bulls decide Brinson is worth a scholarship?
Austin said Brinson has family issues -- his father has heart problems, and he has a young daughter here -- that could result in him being granted a hardship waiver, allowing him to play this fall without sitting out a season as most Division I-A transfers must do. Brinson would have three years of eligibility with a waiver, or two after sitting out a season.
Austin said Miami told Brinson they had no scholarships available, while Florida State told him to check back after spring football. The proximity to home and use of a two-back set on offense make USF an ideal fit for Brinson, he said.
"If USF was to offer him, I think Jeff would jump at it," he said.