Brown Ready to Hit the Road

De Kalb (Ill.) running back Dre Brown already has two offers despite being only a sophomore. In addition to those schools, there are a host of others showing him interest, and he is ready to visit and camp with some of them.

Dre Brown is one of Illinois' top sophomores, and he showed that on Monday at the Core 6 Showcase.

"Things went pretty good," he said. "It was a good camp. There were good linebackers and I felt I held my own for being 2015."

Holding his own against older competition should be old hat to the precocious Brown by now.

"As a freshman, I started varsity for three games, then I broke my collarbone. It was challenging at first. Looking back at my freshman film now, I could have did much more, but I was just learning through each game. It was pretty tough though, coming from 8th grade, everything was so fast, and you're used to bowling kids over, then you come onto varsity, it's a big deal."

Fully healthy as a sophomore, Brown really burst onto the scene and served notice that he was a major prospect.

"This year was my year. I tried to do my thing and become a leader."

Recruiting has started early for Brown as Illinois and Northern Illinois have already offered, a thrill for him and his family.

"Everybody went crazy. My mom shares it with the whole family, so it was fun. It was unexpected. I didn't know I would be getting offers this early. I was hoping, but I wasn't sure if I'd be offered this year. I was excited about it."

With everything starting earlier, Brown will also start checking out potential schools earlier, beginning with a couple of junior days this month.

"I'm going to Indiana Junior Day and I'm going to Illinois for their junior day Saturday and NIU's in my backyard, so I can go there whenever I want. I've been talking to Coach Doeren at NC State, and I get letters from Georgia, LSU, Penn State, and Wisconsin."

Once Junior Days are done, Brown will turn his attention to summer camps, where he can earn more offers.

"I want to hit up most of the Big Ten for camp, NC State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois and probably Iowa."

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