However, Brown has had a change of heart, and that could be good news for the Florida State Seminoles. FSU recruiting coordinator John Lilly was in California last week and visited with Brown, a 6-2, 290 pound two way lineman from Long Beach Poly (Calif.).
Brown said FSU is recruiting him as a center or guard.
While the Seminoles have not yet offered a scholarship, according to Brown, that is expected to change when he visits Tallahassee Jan. 17. With the recent oral commitment of Steven Jones to Tennessee – Jones hails from Brentwood, Tenn. – word has it that FSU has turned up the heat in its recruitment of Brown. Brown also will visit Ohio State next month (Jan. 10).
"Everybody wants to play for Coach Bowden," Brown told The Territory Tuesday night. "He seems to take a young man and somehow build him into an NFL prospect at Florida State."
Brown enjoyed a banner season, registering 102 pancake blocks on offense. Defensively, Brown, who was hampered early in the season by an ankle sprain, had 56 tackles, including nine sacks. Brown said one of his better games came against heralded quarterback Tommy Grady, who has orally committed to attend Oklahoma next year. Brown said he sacked Grady, of Huntington Beach, Calif., twice and also registered 16 pancake blocks in the game.
Brown, who is fully qualified (2.5 GPA and 900 SAT) , will participate in next month's California-Florida All-star game. His older brother Eugene plays at Syracuse.
While FSU is making a charge at Brown, he also is looking foward to his visit to Columbus, Ohio, home of the Buckeyes. Brown said Ohio State has offered and he cited the program's "football tradition."