The Edge Goes To…

Maywood (Ill.) safety/wide receiver Sergio Brown (6-2, 190, 4.4) claims 22 offers--including Illinois, UCLA, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

"I've been offered by all of the Big Ten schools except for Michigan and Ohio State, all the MAC schools and New Mexico," said Brown, from Proviso East High School.

"Right now, Illinois has got a slight edge over Notre Dame, UCLA, Nebraska and Iowa. I like Illinois right now because they're so close to home, I've seen the campus and I'm really familiar with the program. Coach (Ron) Zook is a real cool guy and he tells me the truth. He also has a good reputation behind him as a coach.

"I took an unofficial to Notre Dame on June 25 and it went okay. I had a pretty nice time out there. I really like their facilities and I also like coach (Bill) Lewis (defensive backs) a lot. He explains things nicely and patiently and he really knows what he's talking about," he said.

"I really don't know that much about UCLA or Nebraska. Those are two schools that I want to get out to for official visits to learn more about them. Both schools are recruiting me hard and they've shown a lot of interest in me so far.

"Iowa also seems to really want me there too and all that good stuff. They send me a lot of mail," said Brown.

"All these schools are saying that I could go in there and try to play wide receiver, but they're recruiting me more as a safety. That's cool with me because that's the position I want to play in college.

"I only want to take two to three official visits. I probably won't take them to either Illinois or Notre Dame at this point. After those official visits, I'll probably base my decision off that and commit to a program," he said.

"I've got great athleticism at the safety position. I read QBs well and I've got some good breaking speed on the ball. I need to work on just being more patient this season. Sometimes I have the tendency to anticipate a play too hard and miss something." Bench: 265/Vert Jump: 38"

Final JR (3-6) stats: 60 tackles/6 INTs-5 TDs/1 FR-TD; 21 receptions/4 TDs 3.0 GPA/19 ACT--retest undecided "I want to maybe take the test again for myself. Most of those schools accept my GPA and that score."

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