Speedy linebacker is known for making plays all over the field ... Started his last two seasons at Grady HS in Atlanta, Ga. ... Made 117 tackles his senior year, with 21 quarterback sacks, eight additional tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and six fumble recoveries ... Team went 13-1 and reached the semifinals of the state playoffs ... Named all-state in Class AA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and also chosen for the All-Metro Atlanta team ... Made approximately 70 tackles his junior year as the team reached the second round of the state playoffs ... Coached by Ronnie Millen ... "Brandon is one of those kids who has a motor that doesn't stop," Millen said. "He feels like he should be a part of every play on defense. He's a phenomenal athlete that has incredible willpower and desire to win. He's also a smart kid." ... A two-year letterman in track, competing in the 300-meter hurdles ... Won the region in the event as a junior, advancing to the state meet ... National Honor Society student and was chosen for Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Named his school's winner of the Coca-Cola Award for overall athletic and academic achievement ... Picked Kentucky over Arkansas, Colgate, and Tulane.
Born in Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Unsfored and Terrie Thurmond ... Major is accounting.