Brown Still Thinking Iowa

Orlando Brown is connected to Iowa football through family. A Top '14 OL from Georgia, he hopes to see Iowa during the season after having to cancel a trip there in June. Get the latest on his recruitment and his interest in the Hawkeyes in this update.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - Orlando Brown has told his story about a connection to Iowa. His late father played for Hawkeye Coach Kirk Ferentz in the NFL and a close bond formed.

A Class of 2014 prospect, Brown shares his dad's name and holds scholarship offers from top schools across the country. The Georgia offensive lineman doesn't see his recruitment ending anytime soon.

"Everything is pretty wide open," Brown said. "I think it will be a while. I don't want to close my basket too early."

Brown said he'll announce his college decision somewhere near signing day following his senior season of high school. That's in early February of 2014.

The good news for Iowa fans is that Brown plans on keeping their school in the mix for as long as they pursue him.

"I'm very interested," the 6-foot-7, 340-pound prep junior said. "I think they're going to be someone who stays in there regardless of how they recruit me or how much interest they have in me. It was one of my dad's favorite colleges. He loved Kirk Ferentz."

Here is some background on that relationship.

Brown said he last spoke with Iowa about a week after he postponed a visit to the school on June 23.

"I might be able to get up (to Iowa) for a game maybe some time in early November," he said. "But right now I'm pretty much just focusing on football and school work."

The Hawkeyes play one early November home game in '12. Purdue comes to town on Nov. 10.

Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee, GA opens it season in about two weeks at the Georgia Dome against Camden County. While he's slowing down his recruiting process for the season, Brown still will be seeing some schools.

"That's one of the exciting things about college football is playing in front of a hundred thousand crazy kids and adults," he said. "I will be taking a couple of visits to local colleges like South Carolina and Vanderbilt and places that I haven't been already."

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