Recruiting Heats up for Brown

With two offers already in hand, attention continues to come from every direction for the 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end/defensive end prospect Braden Brown. The Highland High School junior is excited about the attention as he begins the process of deciding where to spend his college years.

"I got my first offer from Utah State," said Braden Brown. "They called me up and offered me a scholarship, and soon after that, BYU sent me a letter telling me that they will have a full scholarship available for me as well. I'm very excited about both of them and very grateful that they offered me. It's what I've always wanted, to play college football, and it looks like I'll have that chance."

Brown is well aware that other offers are likely to come his way. He is currently receiving attention from the likes of BYU, Utah State, Utah, UCLA, Oregon, Washington State and Washington. Brown intends to carefully consider each offer that he comes his way.

"I'm just going to take my visits as my offers come in and go from there," said Brown.

Brown's current top three schools are BYU, UCLA and Oregon. He has strong ties to the Cougars, but he also sees much to like at other schools.

"Both my parents went to BYU," said Brown. "I was born while they were living in Wymount Terrace up there and I've been a life-long fan of BYU. They have so much to offer with their football program, their academics and environment. Playing for BYU would be great.

"I love the warm weather [at UCLA]. There's no snow there, which is something I really like. I've been to camp there a few times and love the coaches at UCLA. They've shown a lot of interest, and I'm hopeful to get an offer from them."

Oregon is another school that grabbed Brown's interest early on. Former BYU head coach Gary Crowton still keeps a close eye on prospects from Utah as well as LDS athletes elsewhere.

"I really like Coach Crowton, who is the offensive coordinator up there," said Brown. "I really like Eugene. It's a great college town and they all get out and support their team. They also have really nice facilities."

Brown is LDS, but he is unsure about serving a mission. It is a choice that he will make when his 19th birthday draws nearer.

"A mission is something I'll definitely consider," said Brown. "We'll just have to see what works out, and I'll then decide. I definitely want to play my first year out of high school though."

Playing both ways in high school, Brown does not have a strong preference regarding which position he would like to play in college.

"I like to hit, but I also like to catch the ball," he said. "The schools that are interested in me have left it open whether I'll be a tight end or a defensive end as of right now. I'll just play the position where whatever school I decide to sign with thinks I can succeed best."

As mentioned, Brown will be a very busy prospect this summer. He plans to spend time at several camps. On Brown's itinerary are BYU, Utah, Utah State, USC, UCLA, Washington State, Washington and Oregon.

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