Leddie Brown (photo by Brian Dohn)

No. 17 RB Leddie Brown has a connection to Syracuse

Smyrna (Del.) High four-star running back Leddie Brown recaps Florida visit and looks ahead to more trips.

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Five weeks after four-star prospect Leddie Brown, the No. 17 running back in the 2018 class, was offered by Florida, he made a visit to campus.

The Smyrna (Del.) High standout made the trip with his mother and sister and they left impressed with every aspect of the program, and he is now planning his next trips.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Brown said visits to SyracuseRutgersBoston College and North Carolina were on his spring agenda, but dates are yet to be set.


In the trip to Florida, Brown said meeting the coaching staff was crucial.

"I liked the coaching staff a lot," Brown said. "It was beautiful down there. Really, the education, the academics, was really the best thing I saw there."

Brown toured the campus and saw the facilities at Florida, but it was the dicussions with coach Jim McIlwain that stood out. He also re-connected with Gators assistant coach Ja'Juan Seider, who built a strong relationship with Brown during his time at West Virginia.

"They seemed pretty cool," Brown said. "Coach McIlwain and I had a good talk. He is easy to talk to. He's not an uptight coach. He's real laid back."

North Carolina offered Brown recently, and it piqued his interest.

He does not have a ton of contact with the staff, but the offer was followed with another interested piece of news. Khaliel Rodgers, who played at Brown's former school (Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian) and is also from Delaware, recently announced his transfer to North Carolina.

"I heard they had a good campus, so I wanted to go see what it looked like and see how their coaches operate at practice," Brown said. "Khalil just transferred there, so I know him there."

Meanwhile, Rutgers is pushing for a visit to campus, and new running backs coach Lester Erb is in frequent contact.

"They want me to come up there and show me the campus and see how the coaches are," Brown said. "That is what they told me. I talk to coach Erb at least two times a week. He's real chill."

Brown also has a connection to Syracuse through former player Isaiah Johnson, another Delaware product. He played for Brown's former coach, Dwayne Thomas.

"It's a school I always wanted to go see," Brown said. "I want to get up there and see what it looks like."

Brown speaks with Johnson, and the more he hears, the more he likes.

"He said they are good people there," Brown said. "He can't play anymore because he had too many concussions. They said, 'It's ok, you're still part of this team so stay here. You're still on a full ride.' I don't know what other colleges would do, but they still had his back."

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