Ernst Brun had the size and the skill to be a Division I football player.
The things he lacked coming out of Shiloh were grades and test scores to qualify for college.
“It’s all about grades first. You can’t go anywhere without grades,” he said.
Brun has spent the last three years at Mount San Antonio Junior College in California, where he’s boosted his academics and has become one of the top tight ends in the country.
“Right now I study more. I take it more seriously,” Brun said. “In high school, I wasn’t worried about grades. I just wanted to play sports.”
Brun barely had a 2.0 GPA and a low SAT score in high school, which kept many colleges from offering him a scholarship.
“I had a lot of schools interested in me, but I couldn’t go anywhere because of my grades,” Brun said. “I’ve learned grades are first. You can’t go anywhere without grades.”
Brun headed west to Mount San Antonio and he’s not only flourished in the classroom, but also on the field.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end/receiver has a 2.9 GPA and was named first-team All-American as he led Mount San Antonio to the JUCO national title the last two years.
“The JUCO system is for you to get out,” Brun said. “Of course, everyone wants to win so the competition is intense.”
A 2008 Shiloh grad, Brun had several Division I schools interested in him last fall. However, Brun committed to Iowa State and plans to sign with the Cyclones on National Signing Day next week.
“After my visit, they showed me a lot of love and I knew that’s the place I wanted to go,” Brun said.
Three years ago, Brun’s priorities were sports first and then school. Now he’s realized the importance of academics.
“My first goal is to get my degree in sports journalism,” Brun said. “Then I want to get to bowl games at Iowa State. I want to be the best tight end in the conference.”
Brun will join Mill Creek’s Micah James and Ryan Robinson, who have already signed with Middle Tennessee and Oklahoma State, respectively, out of junior colleges.
Central Gwinnett grad Malcolm Moulton, who is at Fort Scott Community College, has offers from Middle Tennessee, Nebraska and Southern Mississippi, according to Scout.com.
Parkview’s Truitt, Anderson commit
Two members of Parkview’s playoff team made college commitments over the weekend. Offensive lineman Clayton Truitt picked Charleston Southern, while running back/defensive back Joe Anderson is headed to Lenoir-Rhyne.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Truitt was a third-team Daily Post all-county selection and played in the Gwinnett all-star game.
Anderson led the Panthers in rushing with 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second in the county in interceptions with six and had 44 tackles to earn all-county honors.
Three Rams commit
Three members of Grayson’s state semifinal team committed to colleges over the weekend.
Defensive back Aaron Nichols chose Campbell University, Tre’Sean McQueen is headed to Coastal Carolina and Garrett Horne committed to College of Charleston.
They join Michael Peek, who committed to Navy last week.
As a defensive back, Nichols made 24 tackles and an interception. McQueen was Grayson’s second-leading tackler at linebacker with 104 stops and had two sacks and two interceptions.
Horne was the Rams’ second-leading receiver despite missing games with an injury. The receiver had 13 catches for 337 yards and three TDs.
Four Comets make college choices
South Gwinnett had four players make college commitments this week.
Offensive linemen Tryheme Mitchell and Chris Sledge committed to West Georgia.
All-county running back Trevon Walker is headed to Iowa Western Community College and offensive lineman Joe Hillin committed to Mars Hill.
The group joins Edward Muldrow (South Carolina), Adrian Ranson (The Citadel), Kent Rollins (Air Force) and Richard Shankle (Georgetown) as South commitments.
Dixon headed to Savannah State
Duluth’s leading tackler the last two seasons is headed to Savannah State. Justin Dixon committed to the Division II school on Saturday.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound linebacker made 98 tackles and two sacks this season to help the Wildcats to the best season since 2003.
A Daily Post all-county selection, Dixon made 120 tackles and two sacks as a junior.
Shiloh duo commit to Charleston
Shiloh defensive linemen Christopher Ervin and Joshua Williams have committed to the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
Ervin made 22 tackles and half a sack, while Williams had 15 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Generals.
Archer’s Hurley going to GMC
Archer tight end and punter Kris Hurley is expected to be second-year program Archer’s first college signee next week.
Hurley committed to Georgia Military College over the weekend. The had nine catches for 107 yards and one TD last season.
Davila drawing interest from D-II schools
Hebron’s Christian Davila is expected to be the first player to ever sign a football scholarship in school history.
The quarterback put up impressive numbers his senior season and is drawing interest from West Georgia, Catawba and North Greenville.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Davila threw for 1,894 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. Davila led Hebron to a 9-1 record, the best finish in the school’s four-year history.
He threw for 2,083 yards and 18 TDs as a junior at Winder-Barrow.
Buchanan, Croom named to watch list
Peachtree Ridge’s Ray Buchanan Jr. and Norcross’ Jason Croom were named on NCSA Athletic Recruiting Director Randy Taylor’s top 25 underclassmen. The list was released this week.