Brown Set to Camp with BYU This Summer

Although Derrick Brown visited BYU to attend summer camp last summer, he's planning on making a return visit this summer. The 2016 Georgia prospect with 23 scholarship offers wants to return to get a feel for the campus and environment as he continues to evaluate his options.

The list of offers Derrick Brown of Lanier High School (GA) has collected is quite impressive. The 6-4, 280-pound, four-star defensive tackle in the 2016 class has already been out to the University of Georgia for an unofficial visit. He'll be taking more unofficial visits to other colleges in the near future.

"I haven't really been anywhere lately really," Brown said. "I'm up to around 23 offers right now but I don't feel a lot of pressure. I have offers from Alabama, Auburn, BYU, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Wisconsin, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Nebraska, Middle Tennessee, Illinois, and a few others. I can't remember all of them."

Recently, BYU Defensive Line Coach Steve Kaufusi flew out to Buford, Georgia to check out Lanier High School's spring practice.

"Coach Kaufusi was out here last week," said Brown. "I saw him when I came out of football practice. He just said good luck with spring and that they can't wait for me to come out there and things like that. That's pretty much it. He's pretty cool and laid back,"

While Brown has 23 colleges beating down his door, BYU is right there with the best making sure Brown knows his church college wants him to represent the Cougars. Brown claims that BYU is doing a great job in recruiting him. He plans on visiting BYU this summer.

"They stay in contact with me a lot," Brown said. "They want me to come out there for a visit over the summer. They want me to come out to their camp. I'm going to come out to their camp. I already came out to BYU for their padded camp, so this time I'm just going to come out for their non-padded camp."

Brown is doing his homework and checking to see how these colleges that have offered him compare one with another. When he comes out to BYU he wants to get to know the coaching staff a little better while checking out what BYU has to offer.

"I just want to talk to the coaching staff a little more and check things out," said Brown. "I'm going to be on a very strict schedule when I come out there, so when I get out there I'm just going to look around."

"I grew up around the SEC and that's kind of what I like right now, so when I go out there in the summer time I want to see how BYU compares to some of these college campuses. That's kind of what I want to see. I want to see if how it feels."

It's the "feel" part that Brown is mostly looking for. He wants to see how BYU feels in comparison to those SEC campuses that he's been to and grown up around. He wants to get a feel for his future home away from home.

"BYU is obviously a place where I could be out there for four [or five] years, so I want to take a look and get a feel for a place that almost feels like I'm at home," Brown said. "I want to go to a place where it would feel like a regular day of me being at home out there every day."

"I probably just somewhere where I would be around the same kind of people I'm around out here. I just want to go to a place where I can play football, feel at home, and feel comfortable. That's what I want to look for when I go out there in the summer."

Brown will fly out to BYU in June for a few days then fly home and quickly board another plane to take an unofficial visit to the University of Miami.

"I'll be out there on the 14th through the 19th and then I fly home that night," said Brown. "Then I leave for Miami at 12:00 the next day. I'm on a tight schedule." will continue to track Derrick Brown and catch up with him after his visit to BYU this summer.

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