DECATUR – The Brummett twins, Amir and Armon, envisioned playing basketball together in college.
Those chances seem remote at this point.
The offers didn't materialize – except for football.
Both Brummetts received the same six scholarship offers this past school year: Illinois State, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana State.
Amir eventually committed to the FBS Division I NIU Huskies in May where he intends to be a wideout.
He described it as a hard choice and at the time of his announcement tweeted, “Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be going to college for football.”
It was a strong verbal.
“We really wanted to play basketball in college, but we just learned God has a plan for everybody and we just got to face reality,” Amir said. “We don't have any offers in basketball. No colleges are showing interest. It's just coming to a point where you just got to face reality and know what to do when the change comes and life hits you. You got to face it and I guess it wasn't our plan to play basketball in college.”
Armon, who is still weighing his options, greeted his brother's decision.
“He made the choice that was the best for him, so I was just proud of him,” Armon said.
“A lot of people thought we'd end up playing basketball, but the offers didn't roll in for that. We love both sports, but football, that's where the offers came in.
“I'm still just thinking about things that come with school and what I want to major in. I'm doing a little research on the schools.”
Football has become more of a priority as a result this summer.
That included a visit to a Rivals camp near St. Louis in May where both played as defensive backs. It wasn't ideal since both prefer to play wide receiver, but they savored the experience.
“They gave us some techniques and we learned some new things,” Amir said. “It was a chance to compete with the other top recruits in the nation.”
Their Iowa camp in June turned out to be better. There, they had the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball.
“I actually went as a DB at corner,” Amir said. “I was definitely running the routes for the receivers and just picking them off, so they wanted to see me at receiver. I competed pretty well.”
They've additionally put more emphasis on weightlifting and conditioning. They were in the weight room almost everyday outside of the camps.
Armon said he's about 10 pounds heavier than last year.
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“That's a big improvement for me,” Armon said. “I've never really been a weight room guy until last year.”
Football was just one facet of their off-season.
They still managed to commit time to basketball, first playing for their high school team in June and their AAU program out of Danville, Team Manimals, in July.
The Brummetts starred on the hardwood in a variety of college showcases under MacArthur coach Ron Ingram.
It was a new approach for Ingram, who is more accustomed to high school tournaments. Illinois State, Bradley, Eastern Illinois and Lincoln Trail College were among the team's destinations – only losing four games along the way.
It's a route that Ingram favored in order to get more college exposure for his team. Not so much for the Brummetts, but rather the rest of the guys. Other potential college recruits include Adrian Williams, Zach Briggs and Keenan Ingram.
“Every coach knows about the Brummett boys, but they don't know the rest about my team,” Ingram said. “So, the Brummett boys are actually good for getting everybody else recruited also because people are going to come and watch them play. Then they're going to see some other players they like.
“It's not like our guys are using the Brummetts,” Ingram added. “But at the same time, their helping the Brummetts get to where they got to be and the Brummetts are helping them where they got to be also. Because of them, I have other kids being looked at by other schools.”
In the following month, they appeared in tournaments just about every weekend with Team Manimals. One of those tournaments was in Louisville.
It's vital to their development on the court.
“It's helped a lot because school ball is good, but school ball is not really best of the best,” Amir said. “To play AAU, you're usually the best of your high school team or best on some team. Every team you play is going to be good. Basically AAU shows you who has the best defense because if you can stop a player in AAU, you can stop a player in school ball.
“It's helped my game a lot. I just try to work on my defense more and work on the things I'm not as good at like using my left hand more so when it comes to school ball, I can be a natural at it.”
Basketball is over with for now.
They went back to the gridiron this past Monday.
Amir will still be the Generals quarterback this season in addition to being the cornerback while Armon will return as a wideout and cornerback.
“We're going to do what's best for our program,” MacArthur coach Derek Spates said of keeping Amir at QB. “As far as we're concerned, we're going to play people who's going to give us the most amount of success.”
They will be joined by a couple of other potential football recruits – such as Izaiha Johnson and Ray Neal – who also participated in camps during the off-season.
In the next few months, the Brummetts want to make sure they don't put up a similar record as last year.
“We don't plan on going 1-8 again,” Amir said. “We plan on making it to the playoffs this year.”