April 22, 2009
NC linebacker visits SU
Charlotte (NC) Christian linebacker Kelby Brown holds two offers right now from Syracuse and Indiana. Over the weekend Brown took a long car ride up north to take in the Syracuse spring game.
The trip went well for Brown, but it was a bit long.
"It was a long trip, but it was well worth it. I met all of the coaches and a lot of the players. I also got a tour of the campus and everything."
Brown, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds was on the Syracuse campus for a busy weekend and there were lots of things that caught his eye, but one item really stuck out.
"How the coaches seemed so committed to getting Syracuse back into their tradition and how good the teams used to be really stuck out."
After seeing how the coaches were n the football field and all the school had to offer and off campus visit was his favorite part of the trip.
"My favorite part was probably eating at Dinosaur BBQ. It was this real good barbecue place that everybody was talking about."
Once dinner was over it was back to Syracuse University. The spring game caught Brown off guard a bit. He expected to see some fans, but the amount of support was something that he liked to see.
"I was surprised at how many people were there, it really impressed me. For a spring game and for a team that has not been doing well lately there was a lot of support."
A lot was going on for a lot of the coaches at Syracuse, but Doug Marrone made time to make sure his recruits were not being left out.
"I spoke with Coach Marrone several times and I was impressed with how humble of a guy he was. He was committed to making every recruit feel like they would be a great member of the team. I talked to him at practice and he just came over and talked with me and my dad to introduce himself, then he came up to me several times on his own. I did spend a lot of time with him."
Overall the visit to Syracuse went well and even jumped ahead of some other schools that are looking at Brown.
"I think they did take a jump ahead of other schools because the coaches showed a lot of interest in me and they let me know how much they wanted me to come. Also they told me if I did go to Syracuse that I would be playing my freshman year and they would expect me to step in."
Right now Indiana is the only other school to offer and with two offers he does not have a list of five schools he likes, but three stick out.
"I do not have a top five, but I would say that I have a top three. Syracuse and Indiana are up there because they offered me and then Duke would be the other one. I would not put those in any order."
A trip from North Carolina to Syracuse is long and that is why a visit back up north may not happen until football season starts.
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