The future home for a former Akron football player has officially come into focus.
In mid-February, Brandon Council took the first step in leaving the Akron football team by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A month later, prior to the NCAA banning in-person recruiting because of the coronavirus pandemic, the offensive lineman took an official visit to Baylor. He had been scheduled to do the same with Auburn. Those plans, though, were placed on indefinite hold.
Over the weekend, Council announced that he had whittled his transfer to-do list down to three. Not surprisingly, Baylor and Auburn made the cut. Additionally, Missouri is part of the transfer trio.
— Brandon Council (@BiggDaddyMac_BC) April 5, 2020
LSU and USC were also reportedly in play at one point as well.
Thursday night, Council officially whittled his transfer to-do list down to one. Auburn.
It’s time to announce that I will be officially continuing my football and academic career at Auburn University‼️FIRED UP‼️#WarEagle 🦅@AuburnFootball @AuburnTigers @CoachGusMalzahn @coachchadmorris @CoachBicknell @kristi_malzahn pic.twitter.com/FYEMjTWtSQ
— Brandon Council (@BiggDaddyMac_BC) April 10, 2020
Council will be eligible to play immediately in 2020 as a graduate transfer. It’s believed that this coming season would be Council’s final season of eligibility, although the player could get a sixth season from the NCAA.
Coming out of high school in North Carolina, Council was a two-star member of Akron’s 2016 recruiting class.
After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Council started nine games at left guard in 2017. The 6-4, 325-pound lineman then started the first three games of the 2018 season at right tackle before going down with an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the year. That injury plus the redshirt for his first season could potentially trigger a sixth season.
Coming off that injury, Council started all 12 games in 2019. Council played every position along the offensive line this past season.