Friday, June 7, 2013
Southeast visits help Brown find future
By Jared Shanker
Almost two years stand between George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) and a national letter of intent, so his visit to the Southeast this month was not about naming favorites or eliminating schools.
It did help the 6-foot-6, 255-pound athlete figure out where he wants to play at the next level, though. Brown, a 2015 prospect, is being recruited as a tight end, offensive lineman and defensive lineman. After camping at Clemson and Miami (Fla.), he is going to concentrate solely on defensive end.
“He’s about playing defensive end and that’s it,” said his father, George Brown Sr. “We’ll go to Ohio State [June 9] and work the straight D-Line now.”
Over the last 10 days, Brown and his father made stops at Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Miami. The Seminoles are the only school among those four yet to offer. Brown Sr. said the Senior coaches told him there is a very good chance they will offer once they see film of Brown at defensive end this fall.
Brown enjoyed all of his visits to the Southeast, but it sounded as if the Gators might have made the biggest impression.
“He loved all of them: Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Miami,” Brown Sr. said. “Florida had excellent academics. We've got two years to decide, but Florida is hard to beat. And all those schools are good. I believe in going to a team that’s already solid.”
With so much time before Brown signs, the family is in no rush to name leaders or make a decision. Brown Sr. acknowledges any decision this early might force the family to reopen his recruitment down the line if the coaching staff leaves between now and February 2015.
“That’s the main thing, the bond with the coaches,” Brown Sr. said.
Following a camp at Ohio State on Sunday, Brown hopes to camp at UCLA and USC before turning his focus to his high school team.