Brown is still weighing options

Though National Signing Day has come and gone, the class of 2009's No. 1 ranked player in the country remains on the board. While his navigation through the recruitment process might seem unorthodox to most, Bryce Brown hopes that everything will pay off next month when he announces his college decision. First, however, Brown will contemplate taking in Baton Rouge.

In 2008, college football fans watched Terrelle Pryor extend his recruitment past signing day.

 

The Jeannette, Penn.-native was being pulled in four different directions by four different universities, all while carrying the weight behind the realization that he was one of the nation's top prospects on his shoulders.

 

Of course, his decision to delay signing earned Pryor ridicule from coast to coast. Millions across the country differed in their opinion, many tagging him as the latest prima donna soaking up his 15 minutes of fame.

 

Yet most of those naysayers had never met Pryor, and most of the voices would never know the pressure that the five-star prospect was under.

 

One year later, Bryce Brown understands how Pryor, who would eventually sign with Ohio State, felt to be the biggest fish left in the pond.

 

Brown, like Pryor, laid claim to the nation's No. 1 prospect ranking. With schools across the map offering their services, the decision would not be one that was arrived at with ease.

 

Brown, a native of Wichita, Kan., graduated a semester early from East High in hopes of freeing up the time needed to make his college decision.

 

However, the six-foot, 210-pound prospect's recruitment did not turn out as easy as he had prayed it would.

 

It all began one year ago when Arthur, Bryce's older brother, was ranked the No. 1 strongside linebacker in the country. His recruitment, like his younger brother's, went down to the wire, in the end choosing Miami over LSU.

 

Hoping to continue playing alongside his brother at the next level, Bryce sent the Hurricane staff his pledge in February 2008.

 

12 months later, Brown remains a soft verbal to Miami, yet has opened his recruitment up to take one final look at the options made available as a result of his top-flight athletic ability.

 

After a senior campaign that saw him rush for 1,872 yards and 30 touchdowns on 203 carries, Brown had earned All-State, Parade All-American and U.S. Army All-American Game Most Valuable Player honors. Still, the decision as to where to continue his development was uncertain.

 

After official visits to Clemson, Oregon, Missouri and most recently Tennessee, the Wichita-native remains up in the air. With a month before a decision is expected to be announced, Brown is looking at the possibility of making a few more stops.

 

Brian Butler, a trainer in the Kansas area, has served as a mentor for both Arthur and Bryce as they navigate through their recruitment. With rumors of Brown's college plans running rampant, Butler said that the five-star running back remains as open as ever.

 

"Bryce is just looking to make the best decision for himself, and that is what taking this extra time is about," Butler said. "Bryce just wants to see as many things as he can to help him with the decision. We all want the same thing, and that is for him to choose the right school for Bryce."

 

Will a trip to Baton Rouge be in the cards?

 

"Bryce will visit LSU on Feb. 27-28 for an unofficial visit," Butler confirmed. "The final official visit will be to Miami on March 3-5.”

 

Bryce's interest in the LSU program stems primarily from Arthur, who spent time alongside Butler on the Tigers' campus during his 2008 recruitment.

 

"The things that Bryce knows are from what Arthur tells him," Butler said. "That is kind of the problem. He doesn't know much outside of that, so he wants to see it himself. Of course, he knows the things that Coach [Larry] Porter has been telling him, but not a whole lot more."

 

While Bryce has yet to make it onto the LSU campus to meet the staff, Butler said that he has passed on positive praises of the Tiger program to the standout running back.

 

"My experience with Arthur in Baton Rouge was wonderful," he said. "Coach [Les] Miles is a great man, as well as coach [Bradley Dale] Peveto. Bryce's mother even asked about how coach Peveto was doing with his new job the other day, so LSU holds a lot of weight around their house.

 

"As most people know, Arthur took his decision between LSU and Miami down to the end," added Butler. "We have nothing but good things to say about their program, and Bryce sees that."

 

Brown plans to announce his decision on March 16.


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Yet most of those naysayers had never met Pryor, and most of the voices would never know the pressure that the five-star prospect was under.

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One year later, Bryce Brown understands how Pryor, who would eventually sign with Ohio State, felt to be the biggest fish left in the pond.

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Brown, like Pryor, laid claim to the nation's No. 1 prospect ranking. With schools across the map offering their services, the decision would not be one that was arrived at with ease.

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Brown, a native of Wichita, Kan., graduated a semester early from East High in hopes of freeing up the time needed to make his college decision.

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However, the six-foot, 210-pound prospect's recruitment did not turn out as easy as he had prayed it would.

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It all began one year ago when Arthur, Bryce's older brother, was ranked the No. 1 strongside linebacker in the country. His recruitment, like his younger brother's, went down to the wire, in the end choosing Miami over LSU.

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Hoping to continue playing alongside his brother at the next level, Bryce sent the Hurricane staff his pledge in February 2008.

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12 months later, Brown remains a soft verbal to Miami, yet has opened his recruitment up to take one final look at the options made available as a result of his top-flight athletic ability.

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After a senior campaign that saw him rush for 1,872 yards and 30 touchdowns on 203 carries, Brown had earned All-State, Parade All-American and U.S. Army All-American Game Most Valuable Player honors. Still, the decision as to where to continue his development was uncertain.

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After official visits to Clemson, Oregon, Missouri and most recently Tennessee, the Wichita-native remains up in the air. With a month before a decision is expected to be announced, Brown is looking at the possibility of making a few more stops.

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Brian Butler, a trainer in the Kansas area, has served as a mentor for both Arthur and Bryce as they navigate through their recruitment. With rumors of Brown's college plans running rampant, Butler said that the five-star running back remains as open as ever.

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\"Bryce is just looking to make the best decision for himself, and that is what taking this extra time is about,\" Butler said. \"Bryce just wants to see as many things as he can to help him with the decision. We all want the same thing, and that is for him to choose the right school for Bryce.\"

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Will a trip to Baton Rouge be in the cards?

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\"Bryce will visit LSU on Feb. 27-28 for an unofficial visit,\" Butler confirmed. \"The final official visit will be to Miami on March 3-5.”

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Bryce's interest in the LSU program stems primarily from Arthur, who spent time alongside Butler on the Tigers' campus during his 2008 recruitment.

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\"The things that Bryce knows are from what Arthur tells him,\" Butler said. \"That is kind of the problem. He doesn't know much outside of that, so he wants to see it himself. Of course, he knows the things that Coach [Larry] Porter has been telling him, but not a whole lot more.\"

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While Bryce has yet to make it onto the LSU campus to meet the staff, Butler said that he has passed on positive praises of the Tiger program to the standout running back.

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\"My experience with Arthur in Baton Rouge was wonderful,\" he said. \"Coach [Les] Miles is a great man, as well as coach [Bradley Dale] Peveto. Bryce's mother even asked about how coach Peveto was doing with his new job the other day, so LSU holds a lot of weight around their house.

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\"As most people know, Arthur took his decision between LSU and Miami down to the end,\" added Butler. \"We have nothing but good things to say about their program, and Bryce sees that.\"

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Brown plans to announce his decision on March 16.

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