Top SC Recruit Picks BYU over Clemson, S. Carolina

<b>Terence Brown</b>, a highly recruited South Carolina offensive lineman who has received firm scholarship offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and recruiting attention from dozens of other colleges, verbally committed last night to play for BYU head coach <b>Gary Crowton</b>.

Ranked a 4-Star recruit by national recruiting expert Max Emfinger, the 6-3, 285-pound lineman from football powerhouse Summerville, told that, "It just felt right. I was pretty wide open up until a few weeks ago. Then I just started thinking more and more that BYU was the place I needed to go to. I'm very happy and very comfortable with my decision. It feels right."

Brown attended BYU's summer camp and has been timed at 4.98 in the forty. "I really liked my time at BYU this summer. All the coaches are great, especially Coach Crowton. He just makes you feel like he knows you and I like that in a coach. I really like where he's taking the program and think he's doing the right things. I want to be part of what he does," he said.

He said he told BYU recruiting coordinator Mike Empey, his primary recruiter, Sunday night of his decision to commit to the Cougars. "I then spoke with Coach Crowton and the offensive line coach (Lance Reynolds). It was great to finally get the decision made. I was excited to tell them and I think they were excited to learn of my decision," Brown added.

Brown is LDS and has definite plans to serve a two year mission straight from high school. "I'm probably not going to play before my mission. I turn 19 in February and if I go to school before my mission, so I don't use a year of eligibility. That way I'll have all five years available after my mission."

The South Carolina native was most recently rumored to be leaning toward Nebraska. He said he did not grow up a BYU fan. "I always liked Nebraska. It wasn't that I didn't like BYU, but Nebraska was my school," he said.

Brown attended Nebraska's camp this summer and was aggressively recruited by Nebraska. He said that even if Nebraska offered him, he would have still chosen BYU. "I visited both schools going to their summer camps, but I just felt more comfortable at BYU. I felt like I fit in better at BYU. It just felt right," he concluded.

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