Big-Play Delaware Wideout Visits Terps Again

Holding a total of eight scholarship offers before the weather heats up in the spring of junior year is generally an indicator that a recruit will be highly sought after. So it's also a good sign when such a player has made five visits to your school, which is the case with Wilmington (DE) Concord wide receiver Justin Brown and the University of Maryland.

Brown, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound longball specialist, had already been to College Park four times for football and basketball games, as well as camp last summer. But that familiarity didn't stop him from making the short drive down I-95 for this weekend's junior day.

"It was very good," said Brown, who holds offers from Maryland, Pitt, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Rutgers, North Carolina State and Penn State. "I met more of the coaches and talked more with coach J.D. [John Donovan]. He's my recruiter. He's a really good guy and he knows the game really well."

The most glaring advantage the Terps have in this one is location. Brown lives roughly two hours from College Park, so it's far enough to be away from home while also being convenient for friends and family.

"It's a pretty big factor," said Brown. "It would be nice to play close to home."

Brown is a deep-ball threat who posted 556 yards on 19 catches –more than 25 yards per reception – last fall, also reaching the endzone eight times. He runs well for his size and is a dynamic, big-play type of presence on the outside.

"I'm definitely a deep threat. I like to stretch the field. I like getting past guys and going out and making a big catch," he said.

During the junior day, the recruits had a chance to speak with some current Terps about the program. Brown said he enjoyed talking to receiver Emani Lee-Odai and quarterback Chris Turner.
"We were asking Turner how hard it was to learn the playbook. He said it took him about a year, but he's also the quarterback so he has to have the whole playbook in the back of his head," he said.
We asked Brown what he's looking for in a school.

"Definitely that they pass the ball a lot. If it's a successful school; I'm trying to go to a school on the rise, not a downfall and losing a lot of games and stuff like that," he said. "And definitely the opportunity to play early. I'm training really hard right now and I'm trying to play as early as possible. I'm not trying to wait three years and then play my fourth year. I want to get on the field."

With location and familiarity playing in Maryland's favor, how much of a factor will the Terps be in his recruitment?

"They factor in pretty good. I like the school and they have a pretty good coaching staff," he said. "But right now I'm still wide open."

Brown said he doesn't plan to commit for a while, perhaps even waiting until signing day 11 months from now.

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