Brown talks commitment

DeAngelo Brown accomplished two major goals last Saturday – winning a Georgia state title and committing to play for a rising BCS program.

DeAngelo Brown accomplished two major goals last Saturday – winning a Georgia State title and committing to play for a rising BCS program.

After leading Savannah Christian to the Georgia Class A state championship, the three-star defensive lineman called Louisville and told Charlie Strong he intends to play for the Cardinals next season. It was a day to remember for Brown, who had come up short in three prior bids for a state championship.

"Coming into this season our goal was to get back to the state championship and win," Brown said. "We went to the state championship three years in a row and lost. Our goal as a senior class was to finish it and we finally did. I wouldn't want to do it with anyone but the guys on our team."

Brown helped guide Savannah Christian to a 15-0 record this season. In the state championship game, Brown, who dominated up front in the title game, and his teammates held Landmark Christian to three points, limiting their rivals to 75 yards total offense.

"Coach always says if they never score we'll never lose," Brown said. "I felt like our defense came to play Saturday. We've got a lot of great players on defense and I'm just glad to be a part of it."

After the game, Brown made a major decision about his future, committing to play Charlie Strong at Louisville next season.

"I committed to Louisville because when I visited there over the summer I felt at home," Brown told "The coaches really acted like they loved me and wanted me to be a part of the program. I just felt like that was the best place for me."

Louisville's Ron Dugans has put a full-court press on the 6'2, 285-pound Brown, visiting the three-star prospect twice in the past couple weeks. Dugans relentless recruiting efforts were enough to convince Brown to tell Georgia Tech, USF and others no thanks.

"The past couple weeks Coach Dugans came down here twice to see me and that made me feel real good about the situation," Brown said. "I told him the Wednesday before we played I was going to commit soon. I didn't want to commit before the game because I didn't want to be a distraction to my team. After the game I called him and told him I wanted to be a Cardinal."

Brown believes he can help improve an already solid Louisville defense.

"I felt like their 4-3 defense fits my style of play well. I feel like I bring power, quickness and leadership skills," said Brown. "I'm a very hard worker. I feel like I can really help Louisville's program."

Brown watched Louisville closely this season and wasn't surprised Strong's team turned their season around to win the Big East title.

"Coach Strong has coached at a lot of great programs. He's not going to accept losing," Brown said. "I wasn't surprised when they turned it around. I expect great things from this program. This program is really going to be on the rise."

Does Brown think he'll be able to play next season for the Cardinals, who return the top four defensive tackles on the depth chart?

"If I work hard and stay focused I think I'll have a great shot at it," Brown said. "I'm just going to work hard and do my best to help the team. I need to keep working out and stay in condition and when I get up there learn the defense and the plays and I think I'll be fine."

Brown said he's in great shape academically and should have no problems qualifying to play next season. He plans to make his official visit to Louisville after the holiday break.

"I have no plans to visit any other schools besides Louisville," Brown said. "I will hopefully take my official visit to Louisville in early January. I'm doing well in school and just trying to finish out my senior year strong. Everything is taken care of."

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