NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Cameron Brown said he participated in the Under Armour All-America Camp on Sunday near Chicago to “show that I can compete with the top people in the nation.”
The Christian Brothers College High receiver certainly showed he has one elite trait: speed.
Brown was one of two, along with Homewood-Flossmoor's Justin Hall, to take home an IllSpeed trophy for his performance in speed and agility drills.
Brown also made several nice plays in 7-on-7 drills and is taking strides in becoming more of a complete player.
“I learn my strengths and weaknesses, and I also learn to do different things, different ways to make me better,” Brown told Illini Inquirer.
That speed though has made Brown one of the more sought-after athletes in the Midwest with most recruiting him as a receiver.
“They were coming in this week,” Brown said. “It was all pretty interesting. So far, Mizzou and Michigan came in. I wasn't there this week because I had a track meet all week.”
Brown said the spring should help him narrow his focus in recruiting.
“It should be interesting,” Brown said. “I haven't really thought about it yet, but I'm probably going to start making my decision like my top-five or top-10 by the end of the summer.”
Things got a bit more interesting on Monday when Georgia extended Brown a scholarship offer.
"I'm blessed and amazed," Brown told Illini Inquirer on Monday night. "I think it's a great place to be because it is a big time school. They play big boy ball down here. It's just amazing to see a school like that take interest in me and offer me."
As of Sunday, which schools were pushing the most?
“Right now, probably Mizzou, Illinois and now Nebraska is showing a lot of interest,” Brown said.
Mizzou is hoping to keep the CBC receiver in state, along with the rest of a deep pool of 2018 talent, to rejuvenate the program after a down first season under Barry Odom.
“It's just a good coaching environment and they pass the ball a lot,” Brown said.
Illinois, meanwhile, is attempting to encroach further into St. Louis after beating out Mizzou for Larry Boyd and Tony Adams last year.
“Illinois, they're a new, upcoming program,” Brown said. “I just feel like they're going to be really good in the future. They just say they need a playmaker and that I'd be a playmaker for them. That's a good coaching staff with NFL experience.”
What's Brown looking for in a program?
“Just some place that I'm comfortable, where my family can come see me play and just a good environment,” Brown said.
Illinois and Missouri are both recruiting Brown as an athlete who can play either side of the ball. Penn State is recruiting him as a defensive back.
Brown has made a name as a speedster. But he wants to round out his game during his senior season.
“I just want to show another side of me a little bit,” Brown said. “More aggressive, more physical and moving DBs off their spots.”