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October 6, 2005CINCINNATI - Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton offensive tackle Aaron Brown has had a wild recruitment thus far. He started the process with a monster list of offers and schools he was interested in. He had recently narrowed it down to a top five, taken his visits, and today was decision day.
"This past year has been really exciting," Brown said. "I have attended many games and visited a lot of schools to get things narrowed down. I want to thank all of the schools like Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Ohio State and Purdue. I also want to thank my family for sticking by me and I would also like to thank God for all the blessings he's given me.
With all of that said, I have decided to play my college ball at Virginia Tech. I talked to the coaches and I feel like the atmosphere there is the best in the country. When I went there for my official visit I could myself playing there."
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Brown, who runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds chose the Hokies over offers from Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State and Auburn, but admits that the Irish were the runner-up.
"The coaches there told me that there will be some competition, but they felt like I could go in and play right away," Browns said. "Coach Beamer is a great leader and I got along real with the offensive line coach. After my official visit I got back and talked it over with my parents and we all felt like it was the place for me."
Brown is ranked as the nation's No. 8 offensive tackle and the No. 4 player in Ohio. He is also a member of the Rivals 250.
"It's been a big relief to get this off my chest and make my decision known," Brown said. "I think I really knew that I wanted to be a Hokie sometime last week. It was crazy there for that Georgia Tech game. I got a chance to talk to Marcus vick and he was telling me how he wanted me to block for him and everything."
Brown has an advantage on most prospects who aspire to play early as he is going to be an early graduate and will enroll in school in January. Meaning he can participate in bowl and spring practices.
"I think it's going to be a real big advantage for me," Brown said. "I know I will be able to learn the playbook and start my education early. It will also give me a chance to get in there and get on their workout program and anytime you can do those things it's an advantage."
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