Travis Brown Down to Three Schools

He spurned scholarships offers from eight Pac-10 schools, Notre Dame and Michigan out of high school and signed with Oregon State. With <b>Dennis Erickson</b> left the Beavers to coach the San Francisco 49ers, changes by the new coaching staff concerned him enough that he transferred to Dixie State College, a junior college in St. George, Utah.

Now, Travis Brown, a 5-10, 175-pound wide receiver recruit from Dixie, has narrowed his choices to three schools that have all offered – Penn State, Utah and BYU.

"I'm not really leaning any particular way right now, but I'd probably say I'm leaning toward BYU because I've already visited that school and liked my visit. I'm sure I'll like Penn State and Utah as well."

Of his decision to choose Oregon State (OSU) over more high profile schools, he noted, "Most schools that offered me wanted me to play cornerback, but I wanted to be a wide receiver. Oregon State offered me as a wide receiver, so I thought it would be a good fit."

In actual fact, "OSU just wasn't a good fit. I needed to move elsewhere and so did Danny (Southwick, an OSU quarterback transfer who joined him at Dixie). We ripped it up at Dixie. Hopefully, we'll do the same for a D-1 school."

Roommates and good friends at Dixie, Brown said he would like to continue playing with Southwick, but it won't be the deciding factor. "Penn State still has an offer for me and Danny. We're both set to visit that school on the 16th of January after my Utah visit. We'll just see what happens. I think Danny will stay with Dixie another year. I think that would be best for him actually so he can really prove himself to other schools."

Brown added he also likes Utah. He is set to visit Jan. 9. "Coach Meyer has talked with me and is telling me that he only has four wide receivers coming back and that I could easily become one of the top receivers there and play a lot right away.

"I really like Meyer's wide-open offense and I know that he wants to throw the ball more. They have a great quarterback in Alex Smith and it may be a great fit for me. We'll just have to see."

As for BYU, Brown said, "I really like the coaches and the facilities are awesome. I liked the campus when I was down there and got along great with the players who hosted me. I know BYU struggled a ton offensively last season and they don't really have an established quarterback right now."

However, Brown said he believes BYU is on its way up again. "I know that I can help that program a lot if I went there and that's attractive to me. I don't want to say their receivers were bad last year, but I do know I could help the receivers and the offense a ton if I were to sign there. It would be a great opportunity for me."

On Cougar head coach Gary Crowton, Brown noted, "When talking with him, you can tell he knows what he's doing. He had a bad year, but that happens. I don't expect it to be that bad again. If I sign with them, I believe they'll be that much better. I like BYU and they're definitely a school I will consider signing with."

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