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Local candidates will face off at Thursday public forum

Latest News from Columbia County News-Times - Sun, 10/12/2014 12:07 AM

The public is invited to hear Columbia County candidates speak Oct. 16 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

The forum gives candidates for tax commissioner and two county commission seats the opportunities to answer questions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Eight candidates will speak.

For Tax Commissioner: Wayne Bridges, Tom Schneider and Les Walden.

For Commission District 3: Zollie “Trip” Derryberry, Brett McGuire, Mack Taylor and Floyd B. Everett.

For Commission District 4: Incumbent Bill Morris and Vernon Thomas.

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Local candidates will face off at Thursday public forum

The public is invited to hear Columbia County candidates speak Oct. 16 at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center.

The forum gives candidates for tax commissioner and two county commission seats the opportunities to answer questions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. Eight candidates will speak.

For Tax Commissioner: Wayne Bridges, Tom Schneider and Les Walden.

For Commission District 3: Zollie “Trip” Derryberry, Brett McGuire, Mack Taylor and Floyd B. Everett.

For Commission District 4: Incumbent Bill Morris and Vernon Thomas.

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Everybody loses in Gurley suspension saga

ScottMichaux.com - Sat, 10/11/2014 10:28 AM
By Scott Michaux

ATHENS, Ga. — The whole thing stinks – and nobody wins.

 

Todd Gurley’s brilliant collegiate career may have come to a premature end because a memorabilia dealer with an alternate agenda profited off the running back’s signature with one hand and tore him down with the other.

 

Gurley was suspended indefinitely by Georgia on Thursday and didn’t travel with the team Friday to Missouri. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited a source saying the star tailback is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

 

It’s all very disappointing and unnecessary.

 

It must be noted right up front that this is entirely Gurley’s fault: not Georgia’s; not Mark Richt’s; not the NCAA’s; and not Bryan Allen’s – the memorabilia rat who offered up the story to any media outlet that would listen (and possibly pay) for his incriminating info. Allen turned out to be the first person in the nation who could stop the Gurley Heisman Trophy express.

 

The blame for this unfortunate situation rests on Gurley. He knew better (or should have) than to knowingly violate a pretty high-profile NCAA rule no matter how irrational the rule is. And he should have known better than to trust the kind of people who ply the bowels of memorabilia trade.

 

That said, the real victims in all of this mess are Gurley’s teammates and coaches, along with Bulldogs and college football fans. If reports of his season being finished are accurate, Gurley gets to rest up his intact body for the next seven months before an NFL team will open the vault to make him a lot more than the $400 his tattle-teller allegedly paid him for 80 autographs. His value without the added wear-and-tear might be even greater once the NFL Draft arrives.

 

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have a promising season to finish, starting in Missouri at noon. The odds of achieving anything special just got longer, which is a shame for both the players and fans. And college football enthusiasts across the nation are deprived of watching a rare talent in action.

 

Sadly, the list of losers in this saga is a long one. Nobody is getting painted with glory here.

 

Let’s start with Gurley, who was the leading Heisman Trophy candidate averaging 8.2 yards per carry through five games. He loses the opportunity to win one of sports’ most cherished honors, and his Bulldog legacy is forever tarnished. His name could have resided next to Herschel Walker among the Georgia immortals. Now he’ll likely be just another talented ex-Bulldog who left a legion of fans hungry for more.

 

Second is coach Richt, whose critics have another stone in the arsenal that he and his program don’t have control of players who keep resorting to various levels of wrong-doing. It’s an unfair assessment, but it resonates nonetheless as one of the few coaches in college sports who actually punishes his players bears the brunt of the blame for meting it out.

 

Third are the fans, who haven’t exactly brought honor on themselves with gross overreactions. Their disappointment – and even anger – is reasonable, but it is diminished with ill-conceived “Free Gurley” candlelight vigils and petitions for a White House pardon. That makes everyone look foolish.

 

Fourth is the low-life who basically entrapped Gurley. You don’t hear many stories of drug dealers calling the police on their customers, so a memorabilia dealer who turns in the guy who provides the value in his merchandise doesn’t seem like the sharpest businessman. My guess is Gurley-signed eBay items weren’t on the top of Allen’s agenda. And why exactly did he need to hire a high-dollar criminal defense attorney?

 

Fifth – and most notably – is the NCAA, which once again shoots itself in the foot with an untenable standard of compliance in its hypocritical house of cards. The organization that recently lost in court over profiting on the labor and likeness of athletes who are forbidden to profit themselves gets another black eye.

 

What Gurley – and before him Johnny Manziel, A.J. Green and thousands of other guys – did should (and will soon) be legal. It’s his name and likeness. His sweat equity. He should be able to reap whatever it’s worth.

 

It’s no coincidence, however, that all of the No. 11 jerseys (the number of former Georgia star quarterback Aaron Murray) were replaced by No. 3 jerseys in the on-campus bookstore this year.

 

On Thursday, Georgia’s official athletics Web site was still selling No. 3 jerseys for up to $134.95. By Friday, all those “3” jerseys were replaced by other notable numbers not currently under investigation. In the campus bookstore, there were fewer “3” options Friday than the bulk volume available just three weeks ago after the Troy game.

 

College football is big business, and the only guys not allowed to profit from it are the ones who do all the work and generate all the highlights that attract all that juicy, juicy TV money.

 

Gurley, like many of his peers, was impatient to get his hands on some of it. He’ll cash in soon enough.

 

The rest of us who just enjoyed watching a special once-in-a-generation talent play in our own back yard are just out of luck, along with his teammates who counted on him.

 

Campus life went on as usual Friday afternoon. The courtyard between the Tate Student Center and the university bookstore was filled with undergrads promoting various causes – shaving heads for cancer or passing out pamphlets for Amnesty International.

 

And on the sidewalk behind the scoreboard of Sanford Stadium were the spent candles, tattered notes and pom-poms from a sad little vigil the night before to “Free Gurley.” Students walking by paused to take pictures of the remnants and move on.

 

“You’re the best we ever had,” read one message. “I’d give my 1st born to see Todd play,” said another.

 

It will all soon be swept away and forgotten along with Gurley’s truncated legacy. In this sports story, everyone is a loser.

 

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Grovetown High educator named Columbia County Teacher of the Year

 

Stepping out of her new BMW 320i Thursday evening, Kim Buchanan struggled to put what she was feeling into words after being named Columbia County’s Teacher of the Year.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Buchanan, who teaches the art of expression and rhetoric as an AP Language Arts teacher at Grovetown High School.

Buchanan said it was strange being honored by her peers, but she knew this morning she would be facing the same challenges as the day before, teaching class after class of 11th graders.

“I’m just Mrs. ‘B’ to them,” she said.

Buchanan was among five finalists from across the county selected by a panel of outside judges, said Associate Superintendent Jeff Carney. The final selection was made after the judges observed the finalists in their classrooms and interviewed them one-on-one.

“When it comes to school improvement and making a difference in the way students view challenges in life, Mrs. Buchanan is not a bystander, she is a game changer,” said Carney, reading the words of Grovetown High School Principal Craig Baker in his remarks about Buchanan. “Mrs. ‘B,’ as her students have called her over the years, has the ability to make students believe they can achieve their goals.”

Buchanan will represent Columbia County in the state Teacher of the Year competition, which has an even more rigorous process, including a 25-page application.

The system honored all the teachers who had been selected by their schools with prizes and plaques at a banquet Thursday at West Lake County Club.

Delta Casey of Greenbrier Middle School was named the county’s Media Specialist of the Year. Buchanan left with the grand prize, a new silver BMW sedan from Taylor BMW, which she will get to drive for the next year.

Patty McDonald, the previous Teacher of the Year, told the winner to “savor the moment” and be thankful to teach in Columbia County.

“Enjoy the best year of your career,” McDonald said, “and drive that BMW slowly.”

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Grovetown High educator named Columbia County Teacher of the Year

 

Stepping out of her new BMW 320i Thursday evening, Kim Buchanan struggled to put what she was feeling into words after being named Columbia County’s Teacher of the Year.

“It’s a lot to take in,” said Buchanan, who teaches the art of expression and rhetoric as an AP Language Arts teacher at Grovetown High School.

Buchanan said it was strange being honored by her peers, but she knew this morning she would be facing the same challenges as the day before, teaching class after class of 11th graders.

“I’m just Mrs. ‘B’ to them,” she said.

Buchanan was among five finalists from across the county selected by a panel of outside judges, said Associate Superintendent Jeff Carney. The final selection was made after the judges observed the finalists in their classrooms and interviewed them one-on-one.

“When it comes to school improvement and making a difference in the way students view challenges in life, Mrs. Buchanan is not a bystander, she is a game changer,” said Carney, reading the words of Grovetown High School Principal Craig Baker in his remarks about Buchanan. “Mrs. ‘B,’ as her students have called her over the years, has the ability to make students believe they can achieve their goals.”

Buchanan will represent Columbia County in the state Teacher of the Year competition, which has an even more rigorous process, including a 25-page application.

The system honored all the teachers who had been selected by their schools with prizes and plaques at a banquet Thursday at West Lake County Club.

Delta Casey of Greenbrier Middle School was named the county’s Media Specialist of the Year. Buchanan left with the grand prize, a new silver BMW sedan from Taylor BMW, which she will get to drive for the next year.

Patty McDonald, the previous Teacher of the Year, told the winner to “savor the moment” and be thankful to teach in Columbia County.

“Enjoy the best year of your career,” McDonald said, “and drive that BMW slowly.”

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Coughing man causes Ebola scare at tag office

A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.

“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”

The man, who Tucker said is an anesthesiologist, had recently moved to Georgia from Senegal, a country located in West Africa – the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak.

The man’s name was not provided.

“He got his drivers license on Oct. 7 and was at the tag office (Thursday) getting his tag,” Tucker said. “From my understanding, he had lived in Senegal for a while.”

Tucker was notified of the issue between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m., and within a half-hour, public health officials had tracked the man down.

“I followed our protocol and immediately notified public health,” she said. “They located the individual and notified me that he had not had any contact with anyone with Ebola.”

Tucker said the man was not transported to the hospital and tests were not performed.

“No further action was needed,” she said. “They went thru the protocol and established he had not been near any Ebola patients. The protocol is clear and the fact that this man was contacted within 30 minutes of walking out of the tag office shows that we are all taking Ebola very seriously.”

Tucker said she is pleased with the concern of local citizens and hopes the awareness remains heightened.

“I think it’s a very positive sign that citizens in our community have such a high level of concern,” she said. “I urge people to keep doing the same. This is obviously a very serious issue and any suspicion needs to be addressed.”

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Coughing man causes Ebola scare at tag office

A Columbia County man was cleared by health officials Thursday afternoon after causing a scare when employees at the Columbia County tag office thought he may have the Ebola virus, according to Columbia County emergency management director Pam Tucker.

“The gentleman had been in another country and officials at the tag office became very concerned when they saw him coughing,” Tucker said. “They thought he may have contracted the virus while in Africa.”

The man, who Tucker said is an anesthesiologist, had recently moved to Georgia from Senegal, a country located in West Africa – the epicenter of the recent Ebola outbreak.

The man’s name was not provided.

“He got his drivers license on Oct. 7 and was at the tag office (Thursday) getting his tag,” Tucker said. “From my understanding, he had lived in Senegal for a while.”

Tucker was notified of the issue between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m., and within a half-hour, public health officials had tracked the man down.

“I followed our protocol and immediately notified public health,” she said. “They located the individual and notified me that he had not had any contact with anyone with Ebola.”

Tucker said the man was not transported to the hospital and tests were not performed.

“No further action was needed,” she said. “They went thru the protocol and established he had not been near any Ebola patients. The protocol is clear and the fact that this man was contacted within 30 minutes of walking out of the tag office shows that we are all taking Ebola very seriously.”

Tucker said she is pleased with the concern of local citizens and hopes the awareness remains heightened.

“I think it’s a very positive sign that citizens in our community have such a high level of concern,” she said. “I urge people to keep doing the same. This is obviously a very serious issue and any suspicion needs to be addressed.”

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Authorities searching for missing man

 

Columbia County authorities are looking for a missing man who might be in danger.

They are looking for Todd Edward Caron, 45, of Old Evans Road in Martinez. He is a former firefighter.

Caron’s 19-year-old daughter told police on Tuesday that she hasn’t heard from her father since Thursday night, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The teen, who lives in Elberton, Ga., said she received a text from Caron on Thursday telling her to take care of his dog because he was not going to be around any more, according to the report. She’s been trying to reach him since Friday morning with no success. She said he’s threatened suicide in the past and it is unlike him to not answer her calls for five days.

Deputies went to Caron’s home on Sunday, where nothing appeared out of place. His 1995 black Dodge Ram 1500 was not at his home. Deputies confirmed that Caron was not at his parent’s Aiken home and he’s not in any area hospitals or jails.

Anyone with information about Caron’s whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.

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Authorities searching for missing man

 

Columbia County authorities are looking for a missing man who might be in danger.

They are looking for Todd Edward Caron, 45, of Old Evans Road in Martinez. He is a former firefighter.

Caron’s 19-year-old daughter told police on Tuesday that she hasn’t heard from her father since Thursday night, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The teen, who lives in Elberton, Ga., said she received a text from Caron on Thursday telling her to take care of his dog because he was not going to be around any more, according to the report. She’s been trying to reach him since Friday morning with no success. She said he’s threatened suicide in the past and it is unlike him to not answer her calls for five days.

Deputies went to Caron’s home on Sunday, where nothing appeared out of place. His 1995 black Dodge Ram 1500 was not at his home. Deputies confirmed that Caron was not at his parent’s Aiken home and he’s not in any area hospitals or jails.

Anyone with information about Caron’s whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.

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Educated Guesses Week 7: A first foray into the polling ranks

ScottMichaux.com - Wed, 10/8/2014 9:02 AM
By Scott Michaux

As promised back in August, I’m getting into the poll business.

 

With the advent of the playoff era in college football, polls will take on some real meaning. I don’t mean the fake BCS kind of meaning. I’m talking a way of defining which teams should qualify for inclusion in the closest thing to a legitimate national champion determinater that college football has ever had.

 

It will obviously be better once the playoff expands to at least eight teams (and it will), but it’s better than what we’ve been forced to live with.

 

In the summer, I also promised not the start any ranking until at least September was over. The decision got pushed back another week to let the super showdowns in the SEC West further define what direction some of the perceived best teams in the country are taking. That proved to be a good decision in a wild week of upsets.

 

The only preseason “prediction” I made for the final four proved why preseason assumptions are ridiculous. At this point, it’s possible only one of my four playoff picks (Florida State) will make it that far, with Oregon and Oklahoma losing already and LSU slipping into irrelevance. And I included only one Magnolia State team in my SEC top-six (Ole Miss), and it looks like they may ultimately play second fiddle to Mississippi State.

 

So here goes my first foray into polling. Also as promised, results from week to week may fluctuate wildly because these initial slottings are not set in stone requiring a loss to drop.

 

Without further ado, the Inaugural Michaux Poll:

 

1. Auburn (5-0) - Did you see what they did to LSU?

2. Florida State (5-0) - We’ll see how Noles handle Notre Dame.

3. Notre Dame (5-0) - Good QB and a shutdown defense.

4. Mississippi State (5-0) - Handled LSU and A&M back-to-back.

5. Ole Miss (5-0) - How they do on road this week will be telling.

6. Arizona (5-0) - At Oregon folks. At Oregon.

7. Baylor (5-0) - First real test vs. TCU this week.

8. Georgia Tech (5-0) - I have doubts, but Justin Thomas did beat VPI, Miami.

9. TCU (4-0) - Beat Oklahoma, but it’s about to get real.

10. Alabama (4-1) - One shaky loss doesn’t make them any less ‘Bama.

11. Michigan State (4-1) - Not a 4-quarter team, but still best of Big Ten.

12. Texas A&M (5-1) - Ole Miss this week to show which way they go.

13. Georgia (4-1) - Without Todd Gurley, this go south soon.

14. Kansas State (4-1) - Played Auburn tougher than anyone.

15. Oklahoma (4-1) - Best odds of any team to finish with only 1 loss.

16. Oregon (4-1) - There’s no telling how good/bad the Pac-12 is.

17. East Carolina (4-1) - Too bad they don’t play anyone else good.

18. Ohio State (4-1) - Offense improving even without Braxton Miller.

19. Oklahoma State (4-1) - Only loss is to Florida State.

20. Nebraska (5-1) - Nearly rallied to beat Michigan State.

21. UCLA (4-1) - Still have no idea how good Bruins are.

22. Arizona State (4-1) - Jekyl and Hyde against UCLA and USC.

23. Clemson (3-2) - Best two-loss team in nation with DeShaun Watson.

24. Missouri (4-1) - Hard to get past losing to Indiana.

25. Utah (4-1) - Did us all a favor eliminating BYU crash threat.

 

There you have it. Subject to drastic change with another week like the last one.

 

So let’s move onto Week 7’s educated guesses:

 

Georgia @ Missouri: Despite Todd Gurley suspension, the Bulldogs are still better than Mizzou. But less so. BULLDOGS 24, Tigers 21.

 

Louisville @ Clemson: DeShaun Watson will make nation’s No. 1 defense look foolish. TIGERS 38, Cardinals 20.

 

Duke @ Georgia Tech: Maybe the least impressive undefeated team in nation, but so what? YELLOW JACKETS 35, Blue Devils 24.

 

Ole Miss @ Texas A&M: It’s going to be a big letdown for those still reveling in the Grove. AGGIES 34, Rebels 28.

 

Auburn @ Mississippi State: Upset special of the week. Dan Mullen’s team keeps roling. BULLDOGS 28, Tigers 27.

 

LSU @ Florida: Just when Gators think they’ve found a potential QB... TIGERS 30, Gators 17.

 

TCU @ Baylor: Pick the pretender? BEARS 41, Horned Frogs 31.

 

Oregon @ UCLA: Many thought this would be a Pac-12 title game preview. DUCKS 38, Bruins 35.

 

Southern Cal @ Arizona: Can the Wildcats back up that win at Oregon? WILDCATS 31, Trojans 28.

 

Arkansas State @ Georgia State: Panthers developing a trend of heartbreak. RED WOLVES 35, Panthers 24.

 

Idaho @ Georgia Southern: New helmets for the newest power in the Sun Belt. EAGLES 38, Vandals 17.

 

LAST WEEK: 8-3

Winners: Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia Southern (with an uncounted bonus win by Louisiana-Lafayette).

Losers: South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee.

 

Year-to-date record: 49-17 (.742)

 

2013 record: 126-50 (.716)

 

2012 record: 117-48 (.709)

 

2011 record: 115-51 (.693)

 

2010 record: 97-49 (.664)

 

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Athlete spotlight

When Augusta Christian senior defensive back Kobie Brinson finishes this season, he’ll have a few amazing things to look back on.

As a sophomore, Brinson was a member of the Lions’ 2012 undefeated South Carolina Independent School Association state championship-winning team.

He entered the 2014 season one interception shy of holding the record for career interceptions (eight) at Augusta Christian. He tied the record with one in the Lions’ second game of the season against Laurence Manning, then broke the record with two more in a 24-10 win over Cardinal Newman on Sept. 19.

“It was amazing just to be able to catch that ball and then bring it back to the 1-yard-line,” said Brinson. “It was just an amazing feeling. And then I caught another one right after that one, so it was amazing just knowing I broke that record and made a milestone for myself.”

Lions’ coach Keith Walton wasn’t surprised by Brinson breaking the record.

“He’s been eyeing it for a while so I knew it was inevitable,” Walton said. “Especially with him moving to safety this year instead of corner. He has more opportunities.”

In the end, Brinson thought the state title was the bigger prize,

“The state championship meant more because we did it as a team,” Brinson said, “We came together and fought that game.”

Brinson, who has been at Augusta Christian since sixth grade, will miss the cameraderie he shares with teammates and just the overall atmosphere of Pride Valley.

“I think the thing I’ll miss the most is being with my teammates out here,” Brinson said. “I’ve been with some people like four years now on this field.”

That feeling he gets with his teammates is why he likes playing football in general.

“1t’s 11 men on the field, but they all have to come together as one to get that goal,” Brinson said. “On the defensive side, you have to get your headhunters on the ball. I like hitting and getting those interceptions. I enjoy it a lot.”

While getting in shape for football, Brinson found another sport to love.

“I went into track just thinking about getting faster,” he said. “As I continued on with track, I ended up liking the 400 and I placed third at state (2014) in that. It made me get more confident about myself and my speed, which I believe I got faster from doing track.”

His speed and a nose for the ball is what may help him take his game to the next level.

“I’ve talked to Valdosta State University. I’ve been down there on visits, they really like me,” said Brinson, who also made a visit to Wofford on Thursday.

He started at cornerback with the Lions and moved to safety this year. He is projected to be a cornerback in college, which doesn’t faze him.

“Anywhere they want me I’ll play,” Brinson said.

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Athlete spotlight

When Augusta Christian senior defensive back Kobie Brinson finishes this season, he’ll have a few amazing things to look back on.

As a sophomore, Brinson was a member of the Lions’ 2012 undefeated South Carolina Independent School Association state championship-winning team.

He entered the 2014 season one interception shy of holding the record for career interceptions (eight) at Augusta Christian. He tied the record with one in the Lions’ second game of the season against Laurence Manning, then broke the record with two more in a 24-10 win over Cardinal Newman on Sept. 19.

“It was amazing just to be able to catch that ball and then bring it back to the 1-yard-line,” said Brinson. “It was just an amazing feeling. And then I caught another one right after that one, so it was amazing just knowing I broke that record and made a milestone for myself.”

Lions’ coach Keith Walton wasn’t surprised by Brinson breaking the record.

“He’s been eyeing it for a while so I knew it was inevitable,” Walton said. “Especially with him moving to safety this year instead of corner. He has more opportunities.”

In the end, Brinson thought the state title was the bigger prize,

“The state championship meant more because we did it as a team,” Brinson said, “We came together and fought that game.”

Brinson, who has been at Augusta Christian since sixth grade, will miss the cameraderie he shares with teammates and just the overall atmosphere of Pride Valley.

“I think the thing I’ll miss the most is being with my teammates out here,” Brinson said. “I’ve been with some people like four years now on this field.”

That feeling he gets with his teammates is why he likes playing football in general.

“1t’s 11 men on the field, but they all have to come together as one to get that goal,” Brinson said. “On the defensive side, you have to get your headhunters on the ball. I like hitting and getting those interceptions. I enjoy it a lot.”

While getting in shape for football, Brinson found another sport to love.

“I went into track just thinking about getting faster,” he said. “As I continued on with track, I ended up liking the 400 and I placed third at state (2014) in that. It made me get more confident about myself and my speed, which I believe I got faster from doing track.”

His speed and a nose for the ball is what may help him take his game to the next level.

“I’ve talked to Valdosta State University. I’ve been down there on visits, they really like me,” said Brinson, who also made a visit to Wofford on Thursday.

He started at cornerback with the Lions and moved to safety this year. He is projected to be a cornerback in college, which doesn’t faze him.

“Anywhere they want me I’ll play,” Brinson said.

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