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Brinson Heading to Ivy League With Plan

By BJ Bennett
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Dez'mond Brinson will both play football at the Division I level and work towards a career in medicine.

The biggest thing was that they have a family atmosphere, plus it's closer to some of my family up north. I can get a great education and play some football."
~Dez'mond Brinson

National Signing Day is a time to look towards the future and all of the athletic and academic opportunities that await. For Savannah High quarterback Dez'mond Brinson, his progression will come at one of the nation's most prestigious institutions. Brinson recently made his future at Cornell official and will head to one of just eight member schools of the exclusive Ivy League. There, Brinson will both play football at the Division I level and work towards a career in medicine.

The multi-talented Brinson threw 27 total touchdown passes as an upperclassman signal caller, lining up, at times, all over the field. As the star quarterback, he helped take the Blue Jackets to their first playoff appearance in a generation and their first postseason victory in nearly 50 years. Savannah High won nine games Brinson's junior season and six games his senior year, emerging as a region power.    

With straight As in the classroom and a 4.0 GPA, Brinson has had similar success with his studies. He, already, has his sights set on specific career goals. Brinson did a summer internship with Chatham Orthopedics to gain experience in a potential future field. At Cornell, he plans to major in Biology and Society.  

Brinson will transition from the Blue Jackets to the Big Red as a leader, a playmaker and a scholar.

"It was the best opportunity," Brinson beamed. "The biggest thing was that they have a family atmosphere, plus it's closer to some of my family up north. I can get a great education and play some football."

Family played a big role in Brinson's decision, even going back to the beginning of the recruiting process. He always wanted a comprehensive student-athlete experience. An idea from Brinson's father, one of his son going to a specific set of schools, ultimately came to fruition. Dez'mond set a goal and achieved it. 

Ahead of National Signing Day, Brinson signed with Cornell on January 25th.  

"I remember one time going to a camp and my dad said 'you should be looking at an Ivy League school'," Brinson recalled. "I didn't think I would be here this day, but it is just a blessed opportunity and I am ready to compete."

Having excelled at quarterback and defensive back in high school, Brinson was evaluated by programs as a versatile athlete. He can play a number of different positions at the next level. Early indications suggest Brinson, initially recruited as a signal caller, will begin his college career as a slot receiver. His dynamic ability in space gives Brinson a chance at early playing time in Ithaca.

Brinson is ready to make his new football team better, but, furthermore, is eager to impact society.

"I really like helping people and that could be the biggest thing with that profession," he added of working in health care.

For all that Brinson can do on the football field, his plans at Cornell go well beyond the gridiron. Brinson is ready to make a difference.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports