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As Bearcat Insider continues taking a look at a number of the better quarterback prospects in Ohio, today we focus our attention on Withrow High School's Juandez Brown.

After patiently sitting behind Bryant Thomas for the last two seasons, it's now Juandez Brown's turn to orchestrate the Withrow Tiger spread offense. The 6' 3"/201 pound signal caller said he hadn't run the forty-yard-dash lately, but prior to last season, he ran a 4.57.

Since Brown has spent the majority of his varsity high school snaps at cornerback, many colleges are unsure of his abilities under center, but according to Juandez, that hasn't kept schools from laying the proper recruiting groundwork. "I've been talking to Cincinnati, Illinois, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Purdue, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Michigan State and a lot of other schools." One school and possibly two have already taken the leap of faith by offering Juandez a scholarship. "Buffalo has offered, and I'm not sure about Eastern Michigan."

Recruiting is a two-way street, and as these schools are evaluating Juandez, he's also evaluating them. "Cincinnati would definitely be in my top three along with Bowling Green and Illinois."

With Brown's size and speed, he could project at a number of positions in college, but Juandez knows where he'd like to play. "I really would like to play quarterback in college, but if it comes down to one of my favorite choices wanting me to play another position to help the team, then I would. But I want to play quarterback. I think I have the tools, and I just need to continue to work to play quarterback at the next level."

In an effort to refine those quarterback skills, Juandez says he's planning to go to a number of college camps. "I'm going to go to a lot of camps. I'm going to the Tennessee camp and Bowling Green camp. I'll be at Purdue one day and a few others. I just haven't decided which ones yet."

Bearcat running back coach, Ernest Jones, is in charge of recruiting Brown and Withrow. "He's talked to my mom two or three times, and he was at my school last week. I met him and talked to him." Brown has shown enough interest in the Bearcats to attend a junior day and spring practice, but he attended Bowling Green's spring game.

Juandez knows his limited snaps at quarterback have made some schools take a "wait and see" attitude regarding offering a scholarship. "I'm leaning toward waiting until the middle of the season or the end of the season to decide. I want to see who all is interested in me and what choices I have before making a decision. I'd like to take some official visits before I do anything."

An estimated 3.0 GPA would indicate that Jaundez will not have a big problem gaining college eligibility. He'd like to major in business management or sports medicine.

Juandez said he loves playing football, but he was also a part of Withrow's outstanding basketball team that starred future Bearcat Yancey Gates. "He's one of my best friends. He's been talking in my ear about the UC thing." Juandez said he's been pleasantly surprised with Cincinnati's football progress. "A couple years ago I never thought about going to Cincinnati, but after attending their junior day, it really surprised me. It was really nice and a growing program. I also love that they are running the spread offense. I know if I went there, I'd have a good chance at having a good career."

Although Juandez likes Cincinnati, he also sees a drawback to attending his hometown school. "It's close to home and my mom so I wouldn't be getting the experience of going away and living on my own. I want to get on my own, but I've also kind of fallen in love with Cincinnati."

Juandez is friends with another area quarterback, Trotwood's Domonick Britt. They once were AAU teammates on the D-1 Greyhounds. If Britt committed to UC, would that essentially eliminate Brown from becoming a Bearcat? "Not necessarily. I wouldn't back down, but I could also go as an athlete. It would be another challenge for me. I think it would be about my work ethic, and I would never say I couldn't play there because of someone else. That never enters my mind."

Having two Withrow Tigers (Ricardo Thompson and Bryant Thomas) joining the Bearcat football program next season could also help in the recruitment of Brown. "I know where they came from, and they can give me feedback. They can tell me what it's like up there, and I trust them since I played with them for two or three years."

Brown's recruitment could heat up quickly once the season begins. He has a fine stable of big receivers returning including Brenton Williams, Brandin Solomon and Isiah Mincy. "I think I have the best receiving corps in the state, and we got a transfer from Idaho who's real good. He runs a 4.4 forty." All four receivers are in the neighborhood of 6' 1" and combined with running backs Ishmael Pope and Sir Abernathy, Juandez will have plenty of offensive weapons to utilize.

Bearcat Insider will check back with Juandez near the end of the summer.

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