Louisville commits visit Illinois

Louisville commitments Jamon Brown and Jalen Harrington visited Illinois, where former UofL player and coach Jeff Brohm is now an assistant, last weekend. Did Brohm and the Illini show Brown and Harrington enough during their visit to sway the duo from their commitments?

Though Jamon Brown and Jalen Harrington visited Illinois last weekend, the two Fern Creek stars remain solidly committed to hometown Louisville.

"It was a pretty good trip," Brown said. "It didn't feel like Louisville, but it was pretty good. Me and Jalen went together – Jerrell [Moore] was supposed to go but he couldn't get up that early in the morning..we left at four in the morning to go up there."

Illinois assistant coaches Paul Petrino and Jeff Brohm both were former assistants at UofL and have strong ties to the Louisville area. Brohm used those ties to entice Brown and Harrington to visit the Illinois campus.

"I'm still solid [Louisville commit]," Brown said. "My dad wanted to go up there and I'm just taking him through the process. For me, everything is still for Louisville. I'm sort of still playing the recruiting game, taking my trips or whatever. But everything is solid with Louisville."

Asked to compare the coaching staffs, facilities, and fan support at Louisville and Illinois, Brown had this to say: "To me they were quite similar, but one thing I give to Louisville is the coaches do a better job building relationships than Illinois does. Illinois has a few coaches that do a good job, but as a whole Louisville does better. That's what I like about Louisville. Every time I'm at Louisville it's like my first time there and the intensity is high at Louisville."

Brown, a three-star defensive tackle considered one of the Top 5-10 prospects in Kentucky, is a big part of Charlie Strong's future plans on the defensive front.

"We're rebuilding at Louisville right now but we're going to come back," Brown said. "Illinois is a good football team, but I chose Louisville because I want to help the rebuilding process. Pretty much Louisville's it. I'm hoping to bring the beef to defensive tackle and that's what they want me to do."

Brown said he may visit other schools, but doesn't have any other trips planned right now. Brown also mentioned that the Fern Creek trio will attend Louisville's game against Memphis Saturday.

Fern Creek plays Southern this Friday.

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