"It was sort of random last night. I know I didn't even know I was about to commit, but God told me it was time so I did it."
Brown had favored the Illini for a long time, but the poor season and recent coaching changes made him wonder. Jim Pry had been his primary recruiter, and Pry was let go last Friday. A visit from Illini linebacker coach Dan Disch made him realize that his reasons for wanting to attend Illinois remained the same.
"After visiting twice, I can honestly say it felt like home! I felt that the program is headed in a positive direction, and I want to be a part of that."
Disch sees him as a middle linebacker. Brown is eager to work under his tutelage.
"Coach Disch is a great high energy guy. I'm going to love playing for him."
What are your assets as a football player?
"Energy, aggressiveness. I play hard and I'm very instinctive."
Brown has high goals for his Illini career.
"I want to compete for a national title within three years and a Big 10 championship in two."
The Tennessee star considered Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt besides Illinois. He was asked if he had a message for Illini fans.
"To the fans I just want to say keep supporting the team, and I'm glad to be a part of the family."
Brown is the first Illini player from Memphis in many years. Despite the distance, there is a train that runs from Memphis to Champaign, allowing him inexpensive and ready access to his family and vice versa.