Allatoona lineman Brumfield commits to Kent State
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Conor Brumfield’s decision to commit to Kent State last week was a no-brainer.

The rising senior offensive tackle at Allatoona had been in contact with the Golden Flashes for two months. He visited the Ohio campus and met with coach Paul Haynes and members of the team.

That’s when Brumfield knew it was the place he wanted to be, and he chose Kent State over Illinois State, Mercer, Furman, Chattanooga and Georgia State.

“I’m just excited about it,” he said. “I’m happy to get the opportunity that I want to make it to the next level. I would love a starting spot in the next couple of seasons.”

Allatoona coach Gary Varner said Brumfield is “excited about his commitment” to the Mid-American Conference team.

“He’s a very hard-working kid,” Varner said. “He’s got a great motor, especially in games, and I think he’s growing into his own aggressiveness.”

Varner isn’t quite ready for Brumfield to go yet, and the player said he isn’t quite ready to leave either.

After Allatoona finished 7-4 in 2013 with a younger and less experienced roster, Brumfield anticipates the Buccaneers having a stronger team, maybe more so than when Allatoona made back-to-back trips to the state quarterfinals in 2011 and ’12.

Brumfield’s strengths up front is opening up lanes for Allatoona’s running attack. With the Buccaneers employing a run-first philosophy, Brumfield should play a role in the success of rising senior Josh Bettistea, who led the county with 1,938 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns last year.

Though his forte is on the offensive line, when Brumfield arrives at Kent State in the fall of 2015, he may start out as a tight end.

“I think they will play me at tight end until I gain some weight, and then I will probably move to tackle or guard,” Brumfield said. “I actually played quarterback up until middle school, and then I started playing tight end and the offensive line. It’s probably because my older brother (Dalton) played the same position (at Allatoona).”

Brumfield is entering his second full year as the starting right tackle, and Varner said Brumfield has grown in height over the last year and is now up 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. He said pass blocking wasn’t Brumfield’s strong suit last season, mostly due to the growth spurt.

But creating running room has never been an issue for Brumfield, and his increased height, along with having quicker feet, should better help him protect the quarterback this season.

“He’s starting to grow into his body and that will help,” Varner said. “He’s added strength and a little weight. A lot of times, taller guys have problems getting their agility down. His agility and footwork will be better (this year) and he will be able to move and do more things in space than he did last year.”

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