- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
This week has a very SEC and Southeastern flavor for 2015 ESPN Junior 300 two-way lineman George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods).
Brown’s father said he spent Wednesday morning speaking with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who told Brown Sr. that the Gamecocks are close to offering his 6-foot-6, 255-pound son, who is No. 208 in the ESPN Junior 300. The Gamecocks staff got a hold of Brown’s highlights from his season opener, which was the first extensive playing time Brown has seen in his high school career, a surprise considering Brown’s extensive offer sheet.
Brown and Spurrier will be in the same building this weekend as Brown will be visiting Georgia for its game against South Carolina. Georgia has already offered, and Brown is highly interested in both the Bulldogs and Gamecocks.
Will Muschamp spoke with Brown and his father Tuesday night, and the elder Brown said he talks with the Florida coach at least once a week. Brown previously said the Gators will be a tough team to beat in his recruitment. He is planning to visit Gainesville on Sept. 21 for UF’s game against Tennessee.
Florida State has shown more interest in Brown over the last few days as well. Now that programs can send juniors mail, the Seminoles showered Brown with close to 20 letters Tuesday. He visited the Seminoles in June, and they are one of several teams to flood Brown’s inbox since Sept. 1.
Brown said Thursday he can’t pinpoint just one particular school as the one showing him the most interest. He said as many as 10 schools could fit that bill.
Following his visit to Georgia, Brown plans to visit Kentucky on Sept. 14 for its rivalry game against Louisville. Mississippi State and Washington State offered Brown, who holds 31 offers, on Wednesday.
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