USC recruiting notes: Buzz for Brandt

Hearing from the likes of Alabama and LSU has been an eye-opening experience for Breland Brandt, a self-proclaimed newcomer to the game of football.

This past season was the first for Brandt, yet the outside linebacker has already generated enough buzz to be considered among the top prospects in the 2016 class. When the staffs at two SEC powerhouses inquire about a small-school recruit who not long ago played basketball exclusively, whatever self-doubt that lingered quickly disintegrated.