5-star LB liked trip to Tucson

With 22 verbal commitments in the bag and just three open spots remaining the Arizona coaching staff has set their sights higher than ever before to try and fill the last precious spots. This weekend the Wildcats staff hosted a total of five prospects, including two 5-star prospects and three 4-star prospects. Cattracks caught up with 5-star linebacker Luther Brown to get his thoughts on his visit to Tucson.

Luther Brown has long been considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation and is currently rated as the No. 4 linebacker nationally by Scout.com. Brown was in Tucson this weekend on one of the four official visits he will take and he gave us his thoughts on Arizona.

"It was good, really good down there, I liked it a lot," said Brown. "It was real nice and I just had a real good time. I would say that my visit to Arizona changed things for me quite a bit. At first I was going to Arizona just because of what I knew about the coaches but when I got there and hung with a few of the players I knew it was a great program and a good place to be. It was a very positive experience."

Brown went on to comment on why exactly he liked the players and what they did to make him like them so much, or perhaps, what they didn't do.

"All the players, I mainly hung around with James (Alford), my host, and Ronnie (Palmer), were really down to earth and just real ya know," he remarked. "While I was there they weren't trying to sell me Arizona or anything, they just hung with me and answered my questions and showed me a good time. And when I left they said that they hoped I came to Arizona but that if I didn't they wished me well and that stuck out to me."

Luther was hosted by red shirt freshman linebacker James Alford and Brown says that he and Alford hit it off pretty well.

"Yeah, James is a cool guy, a real cool person," he said. "He just showed me around and we hung out so I could get a good feel for the place. He showed me a good time. We went to the basketball game but we left early because we were so tired. I think all of the recruits pretty much left early."

With his initial interest in Arizona due to what he knew of the coaching staff Brown says that the coaches were what he thought they would be.

"Coach (Charlie) Williams is recruiting me and he is cool people," said Brown. "I met with Coach Mike Stoops and he is a good guy, a real good guy. He knows what he is doing just like his brother at Oklahoma. I felt real comfortable with him. I know that he is going to turn things around down there. They were like 3-8 this year but they will get a lot better next year."

Brown went on to mention that the situation at Arizona is not unlike the one he faced in High School at Lakewood in California.

"My freshman year we went like 1-8 under our new coach," he said. "But coach was just starting to turn things around and he has this program going real good right now. New coaches always take time but if they are good they turn it around and Coach Stoops will do that."

The trip to Arizona was Brown's second of four planned trips. He has already visited Oklahoma and will visit USC next weekend before wrapping up his visit schedule at Miami the following weekend.

So do you have a favorite right now?

"No I don't have a favorite because I haven't taken all of my trips yet," said Brown. "I liked Oklahoma a lot but I liked Arizona more than Oklahoma but those are my only trips so far."

Brown also said that early playing time is not a guarantee wherever he goes.

"I would like to play early but that is only if I can make the adjustment to college ball," he said. "If I can make the adjustment then I should be able to play early wherever I go so that really isn't a huge issue."

Brown has a self reported 910 on his SAT and should be a full qualifier.

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