Friday, April 26, 2013
ESPN 150 CB Brown talks recent visits
By Max Olson
In the few times he has found reprieve from his busy track season, ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown has managed to get out of town for two big spring game visits.
Things are moving so fast, though, that Brown has had little time to sit down and think things through. His grand plan is being made up on the fly right now.
ESPN 150 cornerback Tony Brown recently visited Alabama and Florida State. But he's in no rush to decide on a school.
“Both of those spring games came out of nowhere for me, honestly,” he said.
The Beaumont (Texas) Ozen standout took spring visits to Alabama and Florida State and had good things to say about both trips. Others can fixate on him picking LSU, but right now Brown is open to all schools.
He’s already been to Tuscaloosa several times, so in returning for the Tide’s A-Day spring game he already had a good idea of what to expect. He was still impressed.
“It was crazy how many people showed up for the game because it’s just a spring game,” Brown said. “I didn’t see anything new, really. I got a chance to talk to coach Saban and just be around the fans. I like it a lot and I like the city. I like the fans, the fans like me. A lot of people knew who I was, and I signed some autographs and took some pictures. I thought that was really cool.”
Brown hung out mostly with 2015 Bama commit Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark) during his visit and enjoying getting to know the fellow Golden Triangle stud.
“He’s good. He’s long and rangy and he only has room for improvement,” Brown said. “He’s a little raw, but I’ll start working with him.”
While Brown liked his trip to Alabama, he loved Florida State. The Seminoles emerged as a legitimate contender for Brown’s pledge by the time he headed home.
Brown had been hearing quite a bit from new FSU recruiter Tim Brewster -- a former UT assistant -- and the Seminoles lived up to the coach’s hype.
“That was awesome. I love it there in Tallahassee. It was a really good visit,” Brown said. “The school was great. The game was very lively, a lot of big hits. First time talking to coach [Jimbo] Fisher face-to-face and seeing coach Brewster and the whole staff.”
Another plus for FSU is its addition of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Brown had a prior relationship with him from his time coaching the secondary at Alabama and enjoyed catching up with him.
Where do all the other schools stand? Brown isn’t ready to put out a top five yet, but he did say he continues to call coaches at LSU, Texas, Florida State, Ohio State and Alabama on a regular basis.
He's in for a lot more track this summer. Brown has already been invited to The Opening but isn’t sure how many school camps he’ll end up doing.
Track may force him to the sidelines, but Brown has a hard time envisioning going to college camps and not participating.
“I hate going somewhere where guys are looking at me and I’m not doing anything,” he said. “So if I go somewhere, hopefully I’m going there to do something.”