Brinson National Scholar Athlete

Army freshman linebacker Kenneth Brinson earned a trip in December to New York City.

Brinson was named one of five National High School scholar athletes by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Wednesday.

“I’m really grateful and really honored,” Brinson said. “It sets the tone for how hard I need to keep working here and in the future.”

Brinson’s grade-point average at The Marist School in Atlanta was 4.1. He scored a 2,170 on his SAT.

“There are people here (at West Point) that have 2,400,” Brinson said. “(His score is) maybe a little below average for here.”

Brinson, who starred in football, wrestling and track and field at Marist, chose Army over Stanford among others. He’s seen action in all five games, starting against Wake Forest. Brinson has six tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack.

“I’m very thankful,” Brinson said of the recognition. “It’s really been my parents and the people surrounding me and the schools they sent me to and all of the teachers that have had so much influence on me.”

The National Football Foundation will host a luncheon for Brinson, Boston College’s Zachary Allen, Tulsa’s William Hefley, Northwestern’s Jelani Roberts and UCLA’s Josh Roshen on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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