The three start recruit that totaled one attempt for seven yards as a Hawkeye, is leaving the team according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. Brinson is planning on attending a school closer to his home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Brinson came into the Hawkeye program in 2008 and was redshirted. Early in 2009, Brinson was in the running with Paki O'Meara to be Jewel Hampton's back up. After Jewel went down, Brinson ended up battling a foot injury that also kept him on the sidelines for most of the 2009 season.
Brinson was supposed to be the most talented runningback between Adam Robinson, Brandon Wegher and himself, but the foot injury was to much for him to overcome; which led to Robinson and Wegher tallying up a combined 1,475 yards.
There will be seven runningbacks on scholarship next year, and with the return of redshirt sophomore Jewel Hampton there didn't seem to be much room for another sophomore back. He's a smart kid, and it seems to me that Brinson knew his opportunities would be limited. A problem that every Hawkeye fan is loving right now.
I was surprised that this didn't happen sooner, and if anyone was going to go, I would have put my money on Brinson. He was being recruited by Florida State, Michigan State, South Florida and Kansas, so this kid was no joke. But he's far from home, and the depth chart just doesn't agree with him, which is unfortunate. Good luck to Brinson and hopefully he can find someplace to fit in, stay healthy, and make an instant impact.