If you talk with Buddy Martin he will tell you that his big recruit at Waukula (Fla.) Hardee High School, 2014 defensive end Keyon Brown, has had a better 2012 than 2011.
"Keyon played very well for us last season," Martin said. "But he had a great spring and did well at all the camps and combines he attended."
Brown, almost 6-foot-3 and 228-pounds, was the defensive line MVP at Miami's camp. He had a great camp at Central Florida. He also tested very well at several combines over the spring, including a Nike SPARQ event.
"Miami offered after their camp and UCF offered him right after that," Martin said. "About 30 schools came through here this spring and they were all impressed. FSU, Florida, and South Carolina are three teams showing him a lot of interest."
There so much to like about Brown including his combination size, speed and strength. And remember, he's just starting his junior year.
"He ran 4.75 [forty] this summer," Martin said. "He has so much speed off the edge and he gets off the ball so well. He bench presses 330, squats 500 and power cleans 315. Keyon is just explosive and fast. And he's intelligent. Keyon has a 3.2 GPA."
Brown is also versatile. Offensively he lines up at running back, fullback and tight end.
"Playing on offense keeps me athletic," Brown said. "Sure, it makes me a little more fatigued on defense but I think it helps. Plus, I have to help my team any time I can."
For Brown, he's not in any hurry when it comes to recruiting. In addition to the Miami and UCF offers he has another from Louisiana-Lafayette.
"I talk with South Carolina and FAU quite a bit," Brown said. "I also am being recruited by Florida State and Florida. I camped at Florida this summer at Friday Night Lights."
He may not know where he's going but Brown has a pretty good idea of what he's looking for in his school choice.
"The depth chart is important," Brown said. "It's not like I want to pick a school with no depth. I just want to have the opportunity to play. The scheme and coaches will be important. And I have to find a school where I fit in and that has the major I choose.
"Right now I am open with everyone."