One to Watch: 2016 TE Mark Birmingham of Ashburn, Va.

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 30, 2014 at 3:00p
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Ohio State's pursuit of two tight ends in their 2015 class is well known, but there are a number of talented prospects on the horizon for 2016 and 2017. One of them, Mark Birmingham from Ashburn, Virginia (Briar Woods,) visited Ohio State last summer and camped for the Buckeyes.

Few 2016 prospects I've spoken to have a better handle on recruiting than Birmingham. He's big (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and fast (ran a 4.71 at Ohio State last summer) and has excellent perspective on his opportunities.

"I didn't start playing sports until sixth grade and I never though something like Division One football would be possible," Birmingham said the dream of playing college football. "I feel very blessed and fortunate, but it's nothing to feel big headed about. There is still a lot left to be done and a lot could go wrong if you don't handle things well." 

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One opportunity that could come his way is from Ohio State. He recalled his visit to their campus last summer and the chance to meet Buckeye coaches.

"I went to camp on their campus last summer," he said of his visit to the Buckeye state. "After the camp they wanted me to meet  (Urban) Meyer and we talked in his office with the Tim Hinton, the tight ends coach. It was a good meeting." 

Briar Woods TE Mark Birmingham
2016 tight end, great last name, big-time prospect

The chance to meet a legend like Ohio State's head coach Urban Meyer was not lost on the 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end.

"It was insane," he added about getting to meet the two-time national championship winning coach. "It was really amazing to watch someone on TV and then be shaking their hand talking about football. A great experience."

Since the initial meeting with the Buckeyes, Birmingham has not heard from Ohio State. With NCAA regulations prevent much contact between the parties, and the Buckeyes are unable to initiate any conversations. He hopes that they get back in touch with him soon.

"It would be great to hear from them again," he said. "It's a wonderful school and would be a great experience to have an opportunity to go there on a visit, or to play there.I don't think I know someone who wouldn't be interested if Ohio State was interested in them."

One school that is expressing interest in Birmingham is Penn State. The Nittany Lions and new head coach James Franklin have already made impressive inroads into Briar Woods. Trace McSorley, a 2014 signee for Penn State followed Franklin from Vanderbilt to Happy Valley. Four-star 2015 speedburner Brandon Polk, a wide receiver for Briar Woods, committed to Penn State last weekend. It's natural to assume that Penn State will be a major player in Birmingham's recruitment. He says that the Nittany Lions, if they offer, will not hold any substantial advantage because of teammates at Beaver Stadium.

"It was great to see Coach Franklin again," Birmingham said of his recent Penn State visit. "But honestly, I'd be foolish to decide on a college based on where my friends go to school. I am nowhere close to knowing where I want to go but I think it's good to get to know the different kinds of schools out there." 

Birmingham is looking for more than just a football powerhouse, he's looking for a well-rounded collegiate opportunity. He's got six scholarship offers right now, including BCS offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Virginia, but more are coming as he prepares for a busy summer.

"I'm going to the Rivals and Nike combines coming up and a Stanford camp in June," he said of what's coming up for him and family. "I'll take a Virginia visit over spring break and possibly a visit to North Carolina. Education is always number one for me and my family when we look Into schools."

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Seattle Linga's picture

Fast - big and very agile for 6-3 - I like that he's still growing.

Nice hands and you'll notice in clip 3 that he lines up as a WR. He obviously has the speed and I love that it usually takes more than one body to bring him down. 

Kudos - Birms

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

And no, there is no relation between this "Birm" and I.

Seattle Linga's picture

Yeah Right ............... I think you're trying to get someone in your family a full ride!

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tussey's picture

"...possibly a visit to North Carolina. Education is always number one for me and my family when we look Into schools."

Does anyone else see the irony in this statement?

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bodast67's picture

He just needs to confirm that there is in fact no chance of an education when he visits UNC.

 

 

 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Sure, the whole "rampant academic fraud" thing is pretty awful, but if you could go to UNC for free, not have to take real classes, and then graduate with a degree from UNC, which is a top-tier school, that's a pretty sweet deal. Granted that you'd probably fall flat on your face in the real world, but at least it looks really nice on a resume.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Sounds like a good prospect!  One to keep an eye on!

Go Bucks!!

Go1Bucks's picture

A perfect fit for Urban's system, can block and has good hands.  Offer now.

Go Bucks!