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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Fighting Illini offer 2015 RB Dre Brown

By Jared Shanker

Sophomore running back Dre Brown goes to DeKalb (Ill.), just two minutes from Northern Illinois. But it was another in-state program that came through with offer No. 1 for Brown.

The 6-foot, 184-pound Brown called Illinois recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh on Tuesday and received the good news.

“They came to one of my games and I went to one of their games, and I thought but wasn’t sure they would offer me,” Brown said. “My coach has been in contact with them too, sending them my film.

“It’s crazy, so surprised an excited. I didn’t think I’d be getting one this early. It’s a blessing.”

That visit came in October for the Penn State game, and even though it was a lopsided loss for the Illini, Brown thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “They gave me a tour and I got to see the facilities and campus. … After the game, even though it was a tough loss, the coaches still came out and the running back, Coach [Tim] Salem, gave me a tour.”

Brown will be back in Champaign this weekend for another visit.

As a sophomore, Brown estimates he rushed for 750 yards and nine touchdowns on 110 carries.