Briar Woods tight end Mark Birmingham headed into the NCAA’s dead recruiting period for Football Bowl Subdivision schools with one offer from the state of Florida — Florida State. But after the the June 30 to July 14 period ended, attention in Birmingham attention rose. Last week, Miami and Florida offered the rising junior to give him offers from the three state heavyweights.
Thursday, he will head to Gainesville for his first visit of the Florida campus, and he will participate in the July 25 Friday Night Lights camp. The two-hour camp will be preceded by a tour of the campus.
“To me, it just felt like another dream come true,” Birmingham said of obtaining offers from Miami and Florida. “It was a great feeling, and I feel very fortunate to have offers from both those programs. I’m excited to see Gainesville.”
His trip to Gainesville will be his second trip to the Sunshine State in the past seven days. He visited Florida State last Thursday. The Seminoles had offered in late May. His visit to Tallahassee was solely to see the campus, and he spent most of the day with defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri. Sunseri called to offer Birmingham in May.
“It was a great day, I had a really nice talk with Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and met with an academic adviser,” Birmingham said. “I met with a ton of the coaches and saw how they do things.”
Before the dead period, he attended camps at Duke and Stanford. Duke offered during his camp there, but Stanford has yet to offer the 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end. However, the coaches said they will watch his film and be in contact with Birmingham.
“Duke was a good camp, they offered right on the spot and have great academics,” Birmingham said. “Stanford has some of the best academics around, and the school really speaks for itself. The campus was big and beautiful.”
Birmingham said the trip to Gainesville is likely his final visit this summer. But don’t expect an early decision out of Birmingham, he said an ideal time for him to pick a school would be next summer or after his junior campaign.
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