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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Brown gets one offer on Alabama swing

By Jared Shanker

George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) has more than 30 offers, and he went through the state of Alabama at the end of last week to try to land two more. He came away with one.

Auburn offered Brown while the Crimson Tide elected to wait to see more film of Brown, who plays both ways on the line but plans to play defensive end in college.

The Tide hosted Brown, No. 208 in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300, first on Friday.

“The campus is one of the top-notch campuses I’ve seen. They have the best facilities that I’ve seen so far,” he said. “It was real great. I had a fun time. They showed us around.”

Brown had a chance to speak with former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, who talked to him about what it is like to play for four-time national champion coach Nick Saban.

“They’re hard on their players from Day 1, but that’s so they get the best out of them,” Brown said. “I got to talk to Eddie Lacy when I was there. He just said it’s a great program and the coaches will push you hard to get you to where you want to go.”

The Auburn coaches made an impression on Brown, who had a good idea the Tigers were going to offer before visiting. The coaches told his father they just wanted to see Brown in person on their campus before extending a scholarship offer.

“I loved Auburn. The coaches seemed real down to earth and were real cool. They’re one of the best coaching staffs I’ve met with so far,” Brown said. “I had a great time there. They said I could play offensive tackle, tight end or defensive end. They said they would give me a shot at any position.”

The Tigers won the national championship in 2010, but former coach Gene Chizik is gone and back is Gus Malzahn, the offensive coordinator during the Tigers’ title run. Malzahn has put together a strong staff of coaches and recruiters, and Brown believes Auburn is heading in the right direction.

“I love the coaches,” Brown said. “They won the national championship two years ago. It seems like they’re getting a lot of the great coaches back to rebuild for another championship run.”

Brown could visit Georgia or make a West Coast swing before his junior season starts. Brown transferred to Winton Woods after playing mostly as a reserve at Colerain in 2012.

RecruitingNation writer Brad Bournival contributed to this report.