Warren Brinson got an offer from Georgia before he had any stars next to his name for any ranking. The Savannah native says that he went to three camps (at the most) before he got his first offer.
That was from his home state Bulldogs. Brinson then moved to IMG Academy in Florida for his junior season to work on his game at one of the finest programs in the nation.
When he returned for his first unofficial visit after that season, he committed.
The framework of his recruiting journey definitely should read as unorthodox. To say the least.
There was not any multi-camp grind. Slept on? Hardly. His process was just getting underway.
There were no starters offers from those directional schools that the big boys feast on with those multiple “paycheck” games every season. He went right straight to his dream school offer and did collect or send out any top 10s or top 5s along the way.
— WarrenBrinson™️ (@warrenbrinson17) November 24, 2018
Yeah, it really does not happen that way.
“That was my first visit actually,” Brinson said. “I knew I was going to commit driving up [for the Tech game] because I had been thinking about it and praying about it for like two weeks.
He was back in Savannah over the holiday break and was hit by an omen. He came into his house and saw a “Commit to the G” commercial was on.
It was actually a commercial for the university.
“That was like a sign or an omen,” he said. “I knew then it was something that I had to do.”
What’s the latest with Brinson? He set aside a few minutes earlier this month to chat with DawgNation at the “Future 50” Media Day event down in Orlando during the game week of the 2019 Under Armour All-American Bowl.
Count him among the lot that likes to play the “Madden 19” football game. He likes to run the triple-option with the Panthers.
Georgia was his dream school, but he carries a very mature outlook toward the college recruiting process.
“I can lose a scholarship you know if I am not producing enough so I hope that I just work hard enough or don’t get hurt or anything happens,” he said.
His IMG teammates call him “Baby Huey” and he plans to be an engineering major at UGA.
The DawgNation conversation with commit Warren Brinson
Brinson bristles at the thought of star rankings and their importance for a promising high school player.
“The stars thing .. that doesn’t matter to me,” Brinson said. “There are a lot of 5-star people there who – I am not being mean or nothing – but it is nothing. It is propaganda. Stars are just propaganda to me. It doesn’t matter if I have two stars or three stars. But I know in my heart I am going to be the best player I can be.”
He is part of a 2020 recruiting movement for the Bulldogs that will emphasize the defensive line.
“Coach [Kirby] Smart told me that when I talked to him and he told me that,” Brinson said. “The D-line. That’s the part that they need and that’s the D-line.”
What else did we chat about that day? Well, we covered the following topics in the video above.
- How strong is his commitment to the G?
- How big of a role did Tray Scott play in his recruitment?
- What it will feel like to put on that Georgia uniform for the first time as a player?
- What does he hope to improve upon as a senior at IMG Academy?
- Did he really hear coming up that he wasn’t going to be good enough to play in the SEC?
What did he learn from his first year with the Ascenders?
“Brotherhood really,” Brinson said. “I’ve never really played on a team which was that close to one another before. Never had coaches that tight. I loved the coaches. It was just a different experience. That whole first year was amazing. Our last game was heartbreaking. The seniors were leaving it was such a brotherhood and we have to rebuild that for next year.”
“That’s the closest team I have ever played with.”
He started his first game for the Ascenders. That came after grinding it out each practice against a starting O-line that featured seniors on the way to Alabama, FSU, LSU and Tennessee, among others.
“That was like going up against a college offensive line in high school,” Brinson said. “It made me so much better. It made the games way much easier. I would say practices were harder than the games going up against them.”
He never missed a game, but he fought through two strained hip flexors last fall.
Check out Brinson’s junior film at IMG Academy below.