T.J. Brunson
T.J.  Brunson


Columbia, S.C.

High School:
Richland Northeast

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 230


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True sophomore linebacker who should see his role increase this season after getting a taste of SEC football as a freshman in 2016... could play either the Mike or the Will linebacker position.

2016: True freshman who played in 11 games... used at linebacker and on special teams... logged a dozen tackles... made his collegiate debut in the win over Vanderbilt... made his first career tackle in the East Carolina win... was singled out by Coach Muschamp for making a key block on A.J. Turner's game-opening 80-yard kick return vs. ECU... made four tackles, all solo, and was credited with a quarterback hurry against Texas A&M... made two tackles against Georgia... tallied three tackles (two solo) in the UMass win... did not play against Missouri and Florida but returned against Western Carolina.

HIGH SCHOOL: Local product who played at Columbia's Richland Northeast High School, graduating in 2016... coached by Jay Frye... overcame a serious hip injury during his junior season to log 140 tackles as a senior, leading the Cavaliers to the Class 3A state playoffs... named the Defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after leading the Sandlappers with 13 tackles and a sack... credited with 134 tackles as a junior... Rivals considers him a three-star prospect, the 14th-best player in the state and No. 56 in the country among outside linebackers... 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 13th-best player in the state, and the No. 30 inside linebacker in the nation... ESPN ranks him as a three-star prospect, the 22nd-best player in South Carolina and the No. 40 inside linebacker in the country... rated a three-star prospect and an All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar.

PERSONAL: Tremari Jerelle Brunson was born December 3, 1997... is in the pre-business tract.

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