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Liberty’s Jack Brissey Considering Taking Preferred Walk-on Offer From Virginia Tech

By Billy G. Baker

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Liberty—What if it all works out for a hard charging, over-achieving, but under-recruited Jack Brissey (6-2, 225) and four years from now he just happens to get a 5th or 6th round NFL draft pick selection as a linebacker out of Virginia Tech?

Brissey, a linebacker at Liberty High spent his junior and senior seasons playing about as well as you can play on a high school football team. As an under-sized defensive end/linebacker his junior year he had 105 tackles, 15 sacks, and 27 TFL. By his senior year, when most defenses ran away from him, he still managed 85 tackles, 30 TFL, and 9 sacks.

At the Clemson football camp this past June he ran a 4.62 forty and he bench presses 320 pounds with a 485- pound squat. He has leaped 10’ 2” in the standing broad jump. Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables told the young man at camp he was the best linebacker at the camp without a major college offer and several players at the camp had offers.

Despite the aforementioned Brissey was over-looked by both the Shrine Bowl and North-South all-star teams. Brissey, who carries a 3.7 GPA in the class room, is not bitter. His focus now is to choose a college where he can play football and get a good education. “I am not the type person to focus on anything negative like the colleges that didn’t recruit me,” he said. “My focus will be in becoming the best player I can be in order to prove to that college who gave me an opportunity that they were right.”

Brissey got a huge break in the complex recruiting process when a Virginia Tech fan living in South Carolina sent his highlight tape to Bud Foster, the Hokie defensive coordinator, asking him for an opinion of the Liberty linebacker. After reviewing the tape Coach Foster invited Brissey and his family up to a game in early September to see if Brissey could pass the eye test.

“Coach Foster met with me and told me that I played the game of football like he expected it to be played and he asked me if I would like to be a preferred walk-on at Virginia Tech,” said Brissey. “I thanked him for his interest and told him I would consider the opportunity he extended to me.”

As of mid-December Brissey has firm offers from Charleston Southern, The Citadel, and Mount Union in Ohio. He is getting serious recruiting interest from Old Dominion as well.

“I may take a visit or two in early January to some schools but right now I am leaning to taking the preferred walk-on offer at Virginia Tech,” said Brissey. “I am going to likely major in mechanical engineering and I would like to be somewhere I can focus on my education if football does not work or if I get hurt and can’t play anymore. “

Brissey’s high school coach Kyle Stewart shared these thoughts about his star linebacker. “Jack has made a lot of sacrifices to help the team,” he said. “We played him at defensive end until this season and we knew he was more of an outside edge player (linebacker) all the time. His stats have suffered this season to his credit because teams are game planning away from him. Not many people are going to run right at him.”

When the HSSR all-state AAA team is announced on December, 23rd Brissey will be on the all-state linebacker team. Our scouting report on Brissey goes like this: “Instincts for the game beyond coaching. Reads the play then goes on a search and destroy mission to force physical contact. Tackles through a runner with force and the play is down at contact. Can fight through blocks to get to the action and then he takes ownership of the action. Motor never stops; never takes off a play. Coachable.”

No doubt the fans of Liberty football will be missing the outstanding play of Brissey next season. Do not fret, wherever Brissey goes to the next level he will making new fans. You can’t look past players like him, not a player who plays to the whistle on every down and a player who leaves it all the football field.

Give Bud Foster credit for extending a preferred walk-on offer to Brissey. It shouldn’t take long for that walk-on offer to be converted into a full scholarship.

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