Verdis Brown is a two-way lineman wanted from coast to coast in the class of 2018. His recruitment has hit another level since he made the move from Chicago to national powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
"My recruitment is going well, I'm talking to a lot of coaches, building some good bonds with them, trying to get to know the basics," he said. "Then trying to visit schools to get to know them even more, so it's going well.
"The schools I'm trying to look into more are probably Florida State, Florida (no reported offer), Michigan. Schools that I talk to a lot on the phone or with text and I'm trying to get to know more."
A four-star trench talent who is being looked at on either side of the football depending on the interested program, Brown admits being away from home makes the Big Ten angle more interesting at this stage of the process.
But could it be an advantage come decision time?
"Probably, but I'm going to keep my options open to all schools," he said. "Whatever school feels like home the most, where I can go in and have no problems and play, something like that.
Brown recently spent time at a Big Ten program representing one of his most recent scholarship offers.
"I visited Michigan over my spring break, I got to know Jim Harbaugh, he's a good guy," he said. "I want to try to get to know him a little bit more."
Another program he recently saw in person is one of the few not already on the offer list, Georgia. With new opportunities in SEC and ACC country, Brown is in no rush to make a verbal commitment, but he will soon cut his list down to 10 programs.
Seemingly safe bets to make the cut are a pair of programs Brown has frequented more than the rest.
"Illinois and Ohio State, I've been to those campuses most," he said. "I know those campuses like the back of my hand."
While there is a preference in staying closer to home, if possible, the same principle does not apply when it comes to playing offensive guard or defensive tackle.
"Some schools want me at guard and others want me at tackle," Brown, who has played much more offense this spring for IMG Academy, said. "Whatever gets me on the field quickest is what I will play."