June 12, 2009

Brown will visit Madison this month

After making a hard push to land Ty Linton, Wisconsin is back at Charlotte Christian High School in North Carolina in pursuit of another star Knight defender.

With Linton now onboard with the Tar Heels, the Badger coaching staff has focused their attention on his teammate, Kelby Brown, in hopes to luring him north to Madison.

Thursday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Brown to discuss his interest in Wisconsin's program and his plans for the summer.

"I'm going up to visit Wisconsin on either the 25th or 26th (of June)," stated the 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker. "I'm gong to spend the whole day up there, meet with the coaches and have my family see the campus. So I'm really excited about that.

"Coach (Randall) McCray and Coach (Dave) Doeren keep in touch with me. Coach McCray is hilarious, he's like a big-time country boy. He's real fun to speak with. He's always really excited and Coach Doeren is real personable also. I'll call them just to keep in touch once and awhile. They send me e-mails and write me letters also."

Before seeing the Wisconsin campus, Brown is expected to make a few Big Ten stops in the Midwest.

"I'm hitting Indiana on the 23rd, Northwestern on the 24th and Wisconsin on the 25th," he said. "I love the Big Ten. I grew up watching Ohio State…I've been watching the Big Ten for probably 10 years now. My dad played at Northwestern."

When asked if Northwestern holds any sort of edge, Brown admittedly gave the Wildcats a slight lead.

"I think so, but that's not a big part of it," he explained. "The biggest part is that it's a great football program-it's the Big Ten-and it's a great school. I've been saying distance will play a role, but really I just need to get out and see the colleges. That will be more important than if it's close or not. Honestly, if there were 20 schools that were equal, I'd probably take the closer one.

"N.C. State has been showing interest," Brown continued. "They want to see me, so I will be attending their camp on the 19th and we'll see how that goes. That's it as far as camps."

As a junior, Brown earned independent all-conference and second-team all-county honors.

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