Phil Kornblut

Gamecocks make strong impression on fast-rising Tennessee tight end

Tight end Jake Briningstool (6-foot-6, 210 pounds) is a fast-rising 2021 prospect from Brentwood, Tennessee and he has grabbed the attention of a number of major programs including South Carolina. The Gamecocks offered earlier this month and Briningstool will have the Gamecocks among the schools he plans to consider into the future.

“I really like the family culture and the positivity throughout the building,” Briningstool said. He visited the Gamecocks earlier this month. “Coach Muschamp is building something special. I also really like the upgraded facilities. They look awesome.”

Some of his other offers are Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Purdue. He’s early in the process and not ready to narrow his list to favorites, but the Gamecock offer apparently will stick with him.

“The South Carolina offers means a lot to me,” Briningstool said. “Coach Bentley is a great coach and great guy. Me and him have known each other for awhile now and I have a lot of respect for him. South Carolina is awesome. The new facilities look great and the culture there is amazing. Coach Bentley said he likes my size and ability to stretch the field with catching the ball as well as my aggressiveness and ability to block.”

Last season, he posted 25 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown.

Along with USC, Briningstool also has visited Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Northwestern, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Jacksonville State. He has visits scheduled to Alabama on June 3, Clemson June 11-13 and Miami June 22. Those will be a combination camp and unofficial visits.