Busy Time for Brown and Fili

Summer break is anything but a vacation for high school athletes who are intent on playing football at the Division I level. There are summer camps, combines, and campus visits, not to mention off-season workouts. For guys like Braden Brown and Simi Fili, the hectic schedule is just part of finding the right place to play.

Even though Braden Brown goes to Highland High School and Simi Fili goes to Cottonwood, the two are the best of friends, and there is a good chance they both could end up at the same college. Will that college be BYU?

"Simi and I go way back," Braden Brown said. "We spend a lot of time together. We have played on the same basketball team since 5th grade. He is such an amazing person. My family is very close to him."

The 6-foot-6 235-pound Brown talked with Fili about how great it would be to be roommates in college and play football together.

"Simi and I are going to go to [Arizona State] on an unofficial visit in a few weeks," Brown said. "Simi and I really haven't talked much about where he wants to go, so I have no idea where he will end up."

Brown already has three offers with more likely to come soon.

"Utah State BYU, and Oregon have offered me," Brown said. "I went to the University of Utah full pad camp last week. I'm going to BYU's camp Wednesday and Thursday this week. Then on Sunday I'm going to UCLA. Then that Tuesday I'll fly to Washington State then I will fly to Washington for their camps."

Brown is happy with the offers he has so far, but he would like to see more offers from Pac-10 schools. While at Oregon's camp, Brown met with Coach Belloitti who offered the tight end/ defensive end prospect a scholarship.

"Oregon is great," Brown said. "I like coach Crowton there, and there facilities are great. The locker room is amazing. I loved how the lights in the locker room are set to the same brightness as the stadium lights so your eyes adjust."

Both of Brown's parents are BYU grads. In fact, Brown was born while his parents were living in the Wyview Apartments – BYU's married student housing. With his prenatal connection to Provo, do Brown's veins run BYU blue?

"BYU is a great place for tight ends," Brown said. "Provo is a beautiful place. I like coach Mendenahal a lot. He is such an awesome coach, so I would say BYU is high on my list."

Brown told TBS that he will wait to choose a school until after he makes his visits this summer. He is also unsure about going on a mission.

One thing that is very important to Brown in a school is that he is a good fit for the system. Said Brown, "I want to go to a school that I can contribute to the program."


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