Four-star Houston (Texas) Alief Elsik High School 2016 defensive back recruit Chris Brown just concluded his second Pac-12 official visit, seeing what Arizona State had to offer during its Territorial Cup weekend.
"I was very impressed with the program and how things were so well run," Brown said of ASU. "It was a great experience. I was astonished really, like in awe of how tremendous the culture was.
"The support of the fans and the community really made a big impression on me. I know it was a rivalry game but everyone was welcoming and friendly, I loved the people there and the weather kind of reminded me of home. That's what players are looking for when they take visits, somewhere they feel very welcomed and comfortable. So that was one of the best things about it."
Though Brown had already traveled West for an official visit to UCLA in early October, the No. 25 safety recruit in the nation said ASU was unique to him in the recruiting process.
"One of the things that was different about this and made is so great is that it was somewhere I'd never been before," Brown said. "So it was different but there were things about it that also were like home, so it was a good combination."
ASU's players made a big impression on Brown, and not just for how they played in the team's 52-37 win over Arizona. He connected with them on a more personal level and got a sense of how he'd mesh in the culture.
"I really got along well with the players," Brown said. "Bo Wallace, the freshman (defensive end and recruit host). He's a great guy, I loved his personality. And then the Pac-12 leader in interceptions, the freshman Kareem Orr, we just clicked instantly. Hanging out with him was awesome. He just told me everything about the place and we got along like we'd be good friends right away. That's another thing you're really looking for, that quick connecting with the other players and I felt like I had that at ASU."
Even during a week in which ASU's coaches were heavily focused on the game with Arizona, Brown said he felt like he got a good idea of how they saw him fitting into the program.
"We didn't really watch film but they went over things with me on a white board as far as how they'd use me on the field, breaking down coverages, stuff like that," Brown said. "They see me as a very versatile player, which I also believe, and showed me how I would fit in the scheme. They told me how they have five seniors graduating who are defensive backs and I saw them all myself on their senior night so I know they were telling me the truth. I feel like there's an opportunity for playing time there just with how many guys they're graduating and they told me that and it's also something that matters to me."
The boundary safety position (Bandit) is perhaps most ideally suited for the 5-foot-11, 185 pound Brown's skill-set and personality.
"I'm a guy who can come down and blitz, fill up gaps and also cover at the same time," he said. "I feel like that would be how they would use me in that role and it's a good fit for me.
"I'm definitely going to take a couple more visits though. I love ASU a lot but have to weigh all my options."
Brown is planning to visit Michigan next weekend and is undecided on where he'll go after that with his remaining two possible official trips.
"Honestly I don't know," he said. "I'm taking time with it and am looking at what I think will be the best opportunity and fit. It's something I'm going to look very close at and when I feel ready to make a decision I'll know."