(Note: Everything as far as the 2020 season is concerned is obviously up in the air with the entire world dealing with COVID-19)
Former Northern Illinois tight end Mitchell Brinkman announced via twitter on Friday afternoon of his intentions to transfer to USF football as a grad transfer for his final season, and will be immediately eligible.
Brinkman told The Daily Stampede in a text message that it was between USF, Temple, and a middle school in Lubbock. He said Florida State and Rutgers would’ve rounded out his top five.
Brinkman announced his intent to transfer from NIU on May 11th, but was quickly recruited by tight ends coach Joey King to provide some veteran leadership alongside former Ole Miss transfer Jacob Mathis.
Last season he had a breakout year with the Huskies, catching 34 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the year as the second leading receiver for NIU in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Brinkman traveled with NIU when they came to Tampa in 2016 to face the Bulls, where Quinton Flowers threw for a then-career high 350 yards to lead USF to a 45-17 win.
It’s believed Brinkman will be the third player to play for AND against USF during their college career. The other two being Aaron Lynch (Notre Dame 2011), and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (NC State 2014). Former QB Mike White was on the WKU roster for the Miami Beach Bowl in 2015, but sat out due to transfer rules, and former WR Chris Dunkley was redshirted by UF when the Bulls faced the Gators in 2010.