Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

4-Star Verdis Brown Sees Illinois Again

Verdis Brown, who left Chicago (IL) Mt. Carmel for IMG in Bradenton, FL at the semester, was back on campus this past weekend getting yet another look at the in-state program he's seen several times before.

(Bad, Bad) Verdis Brown, the baddest man was back in town for another trip to Champaign this past Saturday (how's that for a little Jim Croce reference?).  Brown, who visited several times while at Mt. Carmel, came up from IMG Academy in Florida this time with a couple of his teammates to again see campus and spend time with Lovie and staff.

Brown, who can easily play both sides of the football, is one of the top linemen on the Illini's recruiting board, and has long been a priority for Lovie Smith.  So, of course, getting him back on campus again was a big deal.

Scout's 154th-ranked prospect in the class of 2018 has been to Champaign a handful of times already, but really enjoyed his time, especially getting to see a practice this time around.

"I liked the visit," Brown said.  "I had a great time there.  I had fun getting to know more about the school and the players."

Brown, who moved away from the state of Illinois to attend IMG, admitted that it was good to be back in the Land of Lincoln for a bit.

"It felt good to be home," Brown said.  "I got a chance to talk to some of the 2017 signees from in-state, too."

Though Brown has only been at IMG for a couple of months, he was there long enough to get to know new Illinois safeties coach Donnie Abraham, who was formerly the defensive coordinator at IMG.  Seeing his former HS defensive coordinator at Illinois again was a great experience on his visit.

"I think it was a good move by (Illinois)," Brown said.  "The program looks like it's starting to build its way up.  They're bringing in some good, talented players and are getting new facilities."

Illinois is in the process of trying to overcome recent struggles in the football program and turn things around for the better, and Brown, throughout his long relationship with Illinois, has seen the program start to make strides.

"I always thought highly of Illinois," he said.  "I've always had a close bond with them."

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