After receiving scholarship offers from across the country, Andrew Brown cut his list to ten just over three weeks ago.
"I plan on being a mid-year graduate, so I thought I would go ahead and get it out of the way, said Brown. "Plus, a lot of other players were making their top ten. I felt a little behind in the recruiting process, so I went ahead and buckled down and got my top ten."
Each schools has impressed Brown.
Alabama: "Overall, Nick Saban has one of the most NFL-ready programs in college history," said the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Brown. "I just feel like if I went to that school, I would be NFL-ready in the future."
Clemson: "I love the campus and the atmosphere is so positive. The history of the school– the rock – it's amazing. It's one big family down there and that's one thing I really like."
Florida: "I haven't gotten a chance to visit there yet, but I plan on visiting. There defensive line coach (Bryant Young) is one of the main things that attracted me to them. I really like him."
Florida State: "The campus and everything is real nice. It's real small and compact – not too big. Like Clemson, they have my major and it's a great football school."
Georgia Tech: "One thing that I really like about Georgia Tech is that it's right in the middle of Atlanta. There is also a lot of major companies around there. Another thing is one out of every six graduates is a millionaire."
Michigan: "The head coach (Brady Hoke) and the defensive line coach (Greg Mattison) are what are what attracted me to them. Coach (Hoke) told me everything about his family and coaching staff. The whole staff is just a real humble set of guys and I would love to be taught by them."
North Carolina: "I grew a UNC fan because my dad is a UNC fan and he's from there. I like the coaching staff. I've also always wanted to follow in Julius Peppers' footsteps and going to UNC would be a great start."
Ohio State: "Once again, the coaching staff. Coach Zach (Smith) and Coach (Mike) Vrabel are two of the coolest coaches I know. I really want to go up there and visit them."
Virginia: "It's close to home. They're establishing a foundation for the future – getting all these young players. Another thing I really want to see is how they do within the next year because they are getting a lot of top recruits from around here and I think they have a great future ahead of them."
Virginia Tech: "They have a high possibility of winning an ACC championship as well because they are getting a lot of our classes' recruits, too. Plus, they have Coach Bud Foster and he's one of the coolest defensive coordinators I know and I would love to be taught by him."
Brown has only been Clemson this year and enjoyed the trip.
"It was amazing," he said. "I got to see the dorm rooms, the locker room, the rock, the game field, and I even got to put on a jersey. The coaches talked to me about how they train and get their players to the next level and also academics.
Brown also got a chance to speak with Clemson's head coach.
"Coach (Dabo) Swinney told me to keep my head up and stay in the books," Brown said. "He also said that he really hoped I would come to Clemson."
Brown said he has been talking to his father about future visits, but was not sure about any yet.
Along with Clemson, he has already visited North Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He said he would like to get to the rest of his schools on his list soon.
As far as narrowing his list, Brown said he would likely cut it to five by late summer or the beginning of his football season.
When will he make his decision?
"I'm actually thinking about revealing it during the Under Armour All-American Game (next January)," said Brown.
All ten schools are even at this time, but Brown knows what he is looking for at the next level.
"I hoping that the schools has a good audio technology program because that's what I want to major in," he said. "I'm just looking for a positive campus. I'm also looking for an experienced program that knows how to win and get to the championship."
Brown finished his junior season with 83 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
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