June 8, 2009
North Carolina LB earns offer
Boston College is now in the mix with Charlotte (N.C.) Christian outside linebacker Kelby Brown after the Eagles' staff watched his highlight tape and started to get really interested in his abilities.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect, said he recently picked up offers from Boston College, Arkansas and Louisville to go along with Duke, Indiana, Northwestern, Syracuse, Wisconsin, East Carolina and others. Taking a hard look at the Eagles is expected but Brown said he'd like to have a decision made by the end of summer.
"Their coach, coach (Dave) Brock, had stopped in a while ago, probably a couple weeks ago during recruiting season, and he took my film back with him and said he loved how I played and everything and gave it to the defensive coaches and they looked at it and they decided to offer," Brown said.
"It's a pretty rewarding feeling to know that you put in all the work and now it's going to pay off with an offer. I'm going to try to see as many colleges as I can this summer. I don't really know how many I'll be able to. Boston College has been winning in the ACC and that's a pretty big-time school."
One round of trips is already set for Brown, who finished with 86 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and an interception last season. He plans to visit Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin on a Midwest swing and he's expected to stop by NC State and Duke as well.
No visit to Boston College is finalized yet. Luckily for both sides, Boston College stopped by his school because without visiting the Eagles' coaches probably would have never seen Brown's film. He only sent it to about 20 schools in the area but now the coaches have seen it and an offer has arrived. It's also another big-time option for Brown to consider.
What has also helped in Brown's recruitment is that he plays alongside three-star prospect Ty Linton, a North Carolina commit who also has offers from West Virginia, Illinois and many other top programs. Coaches come in to talk about Linton, they see Brown's film and it's a win-win situation.
"It's huge," Brown said. "Ty has been getting recruited because he had a great sophomore season too so a lot of coaches have come in to see him and that was huge in helping get my name out there because coach can say here's Ty and then watch this film real quick and it got me on the radar."
Things have been happening fast for Brown, who said he'd like to have a decision out of the way by the end of summer. If that timetable sticks, a lot of schools not within driving distance - and that includes Boston College - will have to work hard over the next couple months to get him on campus to keep the interest up before his senior year starts.
"By the end of the summer I'll have made up my mind," Brown said. "For one, it's secure, I know where I'm going no matter what happens. I wan to go out and play both ways and not worry about getting recruited and win a state championship. That's our goal. We won last year and this year we want to go undefeated. We have a tough schedule but that's our goal."
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