Big Day for UM

The Hurricane nation will find out at 4:30 pm EST today if the nation's No. 1 player has decided to become a Cane.

Arthur Brown is a big time recruiting prospect. Everyone knows that. In fact, he's rated by as the No. 1 overall player in the entire nation.

Brown enjoyed a thorough recruiting process led by mentor/advisor Brian Butler, a family friend from Kansas who runs programs there to help student-athletes. He took unofficial visits all across the country during the spring and summer. He took five official visits. He hosted head coaches from several different programs. He recently narrowed his list down to six schools and on Monday, the entire nation will know where he's headed.

Brown is a huge recruit for the Hurricanes in a lot of reasons.

1) They recruited him as hard as any player in the entire nation this year. On a team whose linebackers struggled at times in 2007, Brown is the type of player who is good enough to come in and make an early impact at Miami.

2) His younger brother, running back Bryce Butler, is widely considered to be every bit as good a prospect as Arthur and the school that lands Arthur will have the inside track on Bryce, who is junior right now.

3) Landing the nation's No. 1 player for first year assistant coach Micheal Barrow would be incredible for the young coach. Landing a player like Brown would make his job a whole lot easier over the next few years.

4) It would prove that a team that went just 5-7 in 2007 can still land the top players and give Canes fans hope into a very bright future under head coach Randy Shannon.

The entire football world will find out today at 4:30 what Brown plans to do. Fans from Miami, Florida, USC, LSU, and North Carolina will be paying close attention.

If Brown doesn't pick Miami, don't feel sorry for the Canes. They already have the nation's No. 1-rated class of linebackers with players like Sean Spence (4-stars), Ramon Buchanan (4-stars), and Marcus Robinson (4-stars) already committed.

Stay tuned to for complete coverage of the press conference as well as post-announcement analysis and more.

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