Almonzo Brown is a standout from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee (Ga.), where former Lexington Catholic head coach Bob Sphire now leads the program. The Wildcats recently offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete, joining an impressive list of suitors that also includes Florida and Georgia Tech.
"Kentucky has always been a team I've watched on TV and been inspired as a kid to put on the blue and white of Kentucky," Brown said. "UK actually sits high on my heart when I'm making my decision. Most of the coaching staff at North Gwinnett are grads from Kentucky. I'm familiar with the tradition in Lexington and the expectations that comes with a Kentucky athlete.
"(UK assistant) Coach Craig Naivar told me he hopes for me to come in as a freshman and compete for a starting spot."
Brown caught 33 passes for 533 yards and eight touchdowns last season in Sphire's North Gwinnett offense, which is based on the "Air Raid" offense that Neal Brown has brought back to UK.
"Auburn is probably recruiting me the hardest right now," Brown noted.
Florida is a program that may bear watching. "It's my dad's home team," Brown said. "He played for the Gators, so I know about their tradition. The staff at UF told me they would like to use me as a deep threat in their offense."
Regarding Georgia Tech, Brown said his sister graduated from the Atlanta school. "And I live in Georgia, so I'm familiar with the campus, the coaching staff."
Brown said he'll take several unofficial visits in the summer, but he doesn't have any plans set in stone yet. He does not anticipate participating in camps at this time.
Asked if he has a current top five, Brown indicated that he has yet to do so. He noted that his faith will play a big role in the decision.