Is Neil Brown Down To Two?

With the recruiting season winding down, Duke head coach Ted Roof and staff are hoping to put an exclamation mark on this year's haul by adding a final pair of stud prospects. Heading the list is one of Georgia's best defensive linemen, Neil Brown.

"I'm down to Duke, Tennessee, and Auburn," Neil Brown reported this weekend. "I am going to sit down with my parents and really look at things and then make my decision."

That threesome was supposed to be a quartet, but Brown's other finalist, Alabama had other plans – filling up their defensive line with the commitment of Lorenzo Washington.

Late Sunday night TheInsiders.com team of recruiting experts was receiving word that Brown was down to Duke and Auburn.

The Blue Devils have long had Brown in their sights as one of the most coveted prospects in the senior class, and it's easy to see why. Over the past two complete seasons the 6-foot-1, 250 pound lineman has been huge logging 124 tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one touchdown from his defensive tackle position.

Just how was he so successful in leading Buford High School to 45 consecutive victories?

Simple. He's either too big and strong – sporting a 315 pound bench press and 495 pound squat max, too quick – running a 4.8 forty, or a combination of both.

Unlike his other finalists, the Blue Devils have made Brown their top defensive lineman target. Meanwhile Auburn already has a verbal pledge from Tennessee standout DT Greg Smith while the Volunteers have pledges from top five DT Demonte Bolden, five star JUCO Jesse Mahelona, and top 15 DE Xavier Mitchell.

So do any of the three finalists have the inside track? Not if you ask Brown.

"They are all good academically and athletically," Brown told TheInsiders.com. "They are all pretty equal right now."

Brown has eyes on majoring in business while in school. He is already fully qualified academically for competition at the Division One level.

Before narrowing his list to three, Brown had offers from North Carolina, Michigan State, and serious interest from Nebraska among others. In total he was offered over 30 scholarships.


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