Surprise visit leads to surprise leader

One of the top defensive back prospects in the south visited Clemson somewhat unexpectedly Tuesday and now things appear to have changed with his top schools.

S Desmond Brown Profile

Scout.com's No. 45 safety prospect, Desmond Brown, made a surprise visit to Clemson on Tuesday, and by the time he was done, the three-star standout was almost the verge of ending his recruitment right then and there.

"It was a real good visit," Brown told CUTigers.com Tuesday evening. "We pulled up and met with Coach Cheese in the morning and he showed us the weight room and the West Zone. I couldn't believe how nice it was. It was really impressive."

Outside of the new facilities, Brown said the big thing he took away most from Tuesday's trip was his relationship with the coaching staff.

"Just hanging with Coach Cheese and Coach Napier was great," he said. "Me and Coach Cheese just related to each so well and that's something I really need. I like his style a lot.

"And coach Napier, he was sizing me up the whole time, in a good way. We were joking about that. I think they were impressed with my size."

The other thing Brown really liked was campus.

"It's real nice," he said. "It was nice and calm and I really like the lake that was there. There's just something about Clemson right now. I can't lie to you."

In fact, he liked his trip to Clemson so much, that a verbal commitment could very well be in the works in the next couple of weeks.

"I'm really big on Clemson," he said. "Clemson and Tennessee are No. 1 and No. 2. But there's something about that purple and orange and if they were to call me tonight and said they were going to offer, I'd probably commit right there on the spot.

"I want to think about it some more but Clemson is definitely weighing on my mind right now."


"I'm really big on Clemson," he said. "Clemson and Tennessee are No. 1 and No. 2. But there's something about that purple and orange and if they were to call me tonight and said they were going to offer, I'd probably commit right there on the spot."
Despite the strong words about the Tigers, don't rule out Tennessee just yet, either.

Brown said new Vols defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin had some pretty big words for him during a recent unofficial visit.

"Monte Kiffin told me how they were going to use me as a safety and how I could be the next Eric Berry," he said. "That meant a lot to hear that from him. I didn't know too much about Monte Kiffin at first and then I found out he invented the Tampa 2 and spent all those years in the NFL. That's impressive.

"I'm not the guy that likes to have all that kind of hype around me but to hear that definitely meant something."

Next up for Brown could be a trip to Starkville, Miss. to check on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in late July.

But that trip may not even go down if a Clemson offer comes in before then.

"I'm supposed to be going to the Under the Lights at Mississippi State on July 25," he said. "I don't really know too much about it but they said there would be some good competition there.

"And I should hear back from Clemson within two weeks or so. All the coaches are out right now because it's the middle of the summer but Coach Cheese said they would be back with me after watching my film and looking it over with Coach Swinney."

And don't be surprised if a verbal commitment comes in soon thereafter.

"I was about ready to commit to Tennessee but now that I've been to Clemson, the purple and orange are on top for me," Brown added. "Plus I want to get recruiting over with before my season starts so it's not a distraction for me and my teammates."

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