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July 3, 2013

West-Coast swing slows down Brown

Maybe it's the West Coast lifestyle, but after a trip to California, North Gwinnett (Ga.) receiver Nate Brown has decided to slow down his recruitment.

In June, Brown said he hoped to make a decision by the end of the summer -- or at least trim his list to a final two. But after visiting Stanford and Cal in late June, Brown is putting the brakes on that timeline.

"It went well," Brown said. "I'm still waiting to hear back from Cal. The situation is that they said they would be happy to offer me but they have no offers to give. They're only taking one receiver, so if something happens with the guy they have, that offer is mine.

"For Stanford, I think they're waiting to see what another receiver will do before they offer me, so I'm just waiting to see."

While Brown would like to see how the offer game with the Cardinal and Bears pans out, he said there's another reason he'd like to wait longer before making a commitment.

"I wanted to take officials during the season, but some college coaches want me to take them after the season instead," Brown explained.

The three-star receiver specifically named Vanderbilt as one school that's asked him to wait until after his senior year to visit Nashville.

"I don't want to feel rushed in anyway to make the decision," Brown said.

At this point, Brown is still hesitant to name favorites. However, he said that "based on how they've shown (him) interest," the Commodores, Missouri and Illinois are standing out.

"I've been trying to get in touch with (Missouri's) receivers coach, Coach Pat (Washington)," Brown said. "We haven't connected yet, but I'm still talking to Coach Grinch."

Safety coach Alex Grinch is Brown's recruiter at Missouri, and the 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver said Grinch is making him feel like a priority in the Tigers' 2014 class.

"Big time," Brown added.

Brown said he hasn't visited Illinois yet, and it's unlikely he'll make it on an unofficial visit. Should he visit the Illini, he said it will come on an official visit.

Despite his willingness to take things slow right now, Brown said both Vanderbilt and Missouri will get official visits after his senior year.

Brown is a 5.7 three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, and is the nation's 49th-ranked receiver.



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