Brown torn between 'Noles, Bruins

Standout lineman Kevin Brown of Long Beach Polytechnic High School is torn between Florida State and UCLA. A recent home visit by FSU coach Bobby Bowden left a lasting impression on Brown. "It's always been a dream of mine to play for Coach Bowden, he's a legend," Brown said. "Just having him in my living room was incredible. We didn't even talk football, it was just Coach and my family talking about life and it was great."

Shortly after the CaliFlorida Bowl, standot lineman Kevin Brown said he was leaning to UCLA and things looked good for the Bruins.

Then the two-way lineman visited Florida State and the Noles threw a haymaker wowing Brown to the point where he came very close to committing.

"I actually told the coaches I was coming and wanted to cancel my trip to UCLA," said Brown, of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. "I decided to take the trip anyway but I was all FSU."

The Bruins then threw a haymaker of their own and moved slightly back ahead of the Noles.

"The players and coaches at UCLA are like on big family," Brown said. "I had not seen that anywhere. You can tell what a difference Coach Dorrell has made because everyone said it wasn't like that before. There's a different energy there now and I know they're going to turn the program around."

FSU coach Bobby Bowden is considered by many as the Jerry McGuire of head coaches, king of the home visit, and when he came in to Browns home last Thursday, he delivered as always.

"Even my mom was loving him and she really wanted me to stay home before then," Brown said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play for Coach Bowden, he's a legend. Just having him in my living room was incredible. We didn't even talk football, it was just Coach and my family talking about life and it was great."

UCLA would have to answer strongly on Friday and they did just that with Coach Johnson and Embree delivering the goods.

"Coach Embree is a heavyweight of his own and Coach Johnson has always been one of my favorite coaches," Brown said.

"The visit was different than Florida State's in that it was more topic oriented. They were really prepared and covered everything. They talked about my role in the defense, talked about the education at UCLA and said if I wanted to live in Southern CA after football was over, it would be beneficial to stay here and go to college to begin the networking process.

"They're going to be running the Buccaneers defense and envision me playing a Warren Sapp type role on the line. Coach Johnson did most of the talking but whenever Coach Embree said anything, it was something that really made a point and had you thinking.

"I'm so confused right now and I know I'm going to wait until Signing Day before I make my decision. Even if I know before then, I'm going to wait just to make sure of everything. I basically go back and forth all day. I was watching a movie earlier today and I couldn't tell you one thing from it because I was just thinking about my choice the whole time.

"With Florida State, you have Coach Bowden as a big plus along with the fact that it's Florida State and you know they're going to be good every year. At UCLA, they're building something for the future and I feel so close with the players on the team. Like I said, everyone is so close and it would be great to be a part of that. Hopefully one of these days I'll just wake up and know in my heart what the right school for me will be but either way, it's going to be very tough to have to tell one of those schools no."


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