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South Jersey has been a hot spot for Iowa in recruiting. The Hawkeyes are dipping back into those waters for a talented linebacker in the 2013 class.

South Jersey has been good to the Iowa Hawkeyes on the recruiting trail. Shonn Greene, Albert Young and Mike Daniels have been recent success stories.

Quinton Alston came in as part of the 2011 Class and Quanzell Lambert has been an apple of the Hawkeye coaches' eyes in '12. Iowa already has started to move on the next group.

Buddy Brown, a '13 from Williamstown High, holds an Iowa offer. He's familiar with the Hawkeyes.

"Shonn Greene is from right around the corner from me," Brown said. "I watched him at Iowa. I know what they're about."

Brown said he got Facebook friend requests and messages from members of the Hawkeye staff Sept. 1, when it became an open period according to NCAA rules. He planned to get in touch with Iowa and get the process started with them.

West Virginia and Rutgers have offered Brown (6-foot-2, 200 pounds). He visited the Scarlet Knights and South Carolina in August.

"I think things have gone really well so far," Brown said of the recruiting process. "I've been hearing from a lot of schools. Now I'm stating to get a feel for what schools are really interested in me.

"I'm going to try to get out to some schools on the weekends (this fall). We have all Friday night games. It should be easy to go to some Saturday games."

Brown said college coaches see him either as an outside linebacker or a safety/rover.

"I play outside linebacker in high school, but I do drop back so it's like the safety/rover position," he said.

Brown plays wide receiver on offense.

Penn State, Virginia, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma. Michigan, Michigan State and Connecticut have been recruiting Brown the hardest, he said. There are plenty of other programs very interested in one of the top players in his state for '13.

"Those are the ones I could name off of the top of my head," he said.

Brown said that distance from home will not factor much, if at all, into his decision.

"I just want to find the right fit," he said. "The school's atmosphere is really important. That's the main thing. The school has to have good academics so I can be set when I get out of college. I want to have that good degree.

"After that, they have to have a decent football program. I want there to be a goal of trying to win a national championship."

On Sept 1, when coaches could contact him, Brown heard from Florida, Rutgers, West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Florida State.

"I want to hear more from Iowa," he said.

Brown prides himself on preparation.

"I'm a student of the game," he said. "I watch a ton of film. When I see it during the game, it makes it that much easier.

"I'm fast for my position. A lot of people don't think I can run. It catches a lot of people off guard."

Brown said he needs to work on using his hands more efficiently.

"I want to use my hands better when I'm coming on a blitz," he said. "I want to keep the offensive linemen from getting into my body this year."

Brown also plays basketball for Williamstown.


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