Visiting Illinois This Weekend

There was some confusion as to whether or not Jerry Brown would be visiting Missouri or Illinois this weekend, but he will be in Champaign. Read more in this update from's Josh Clark to see why he is coming to Champaign, and how instrumental Coach Reggie Mitchell was in getting him to Champaign this weekend.

After some confusion on whether he'd be visiting Illinois or Missouri this weekend, St. Louis Vashon defensive end Jerry Brown has made up his mind.

"Coach (Reggie) Mitchell was by the school today, and I decided I'm going to visit Illinois this weekend," said Brown. "The trip is going to be more for my mother, as I've already been to Champaign and obviously know what I like there. That is why I made the commitment in the first place, but she has to gain the experience for herself. I'm not going to take a visit to Missouri, at all."

There had been reports that Brown likely would be making a final decision, soon, but he says things have changed.

"When I talked with some reporters the past two nights, I was doing so with some frustration towards Illinois over some issues that I mis-perceived, and got worked out with Coach Mitchell today. I made it sound as if I wouldn't take all my visits, but nobody at my school has ever taken all five visits, so I'm going to be the first to do so. I'm visiting Tennesee (1/13) and I'm working on setting up a visit with Lousiville," said Brown.

Brown officially visited Nebraska on October 28th, and says the Huskers are scheduled for an in-home visit on Thursday evening. This past weekend, Brown used his second official visit when he checked out the Oklahoma Sooners.

"The visit went very well," added Brown, who is being recruited as a defensive end by the Sooners. "Oklahoma has one of the best academic support programs that I have seen on any visits I have taken. The players really make you feel as if Norman is your second home, too, which was real encouraging."

For the time being, will list Brown as a soft verbal to Illinois until he is done taking official visits.

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