UM's OC hire will be key to 5-star RB

Bryce Brown is widely considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the entire nation this year. The Wichita (Kan.) East standout committed to Miami last February and things are really starting to heat up in the final weeks leading up to signing day. Read on for the latest scoop on Brown.

Bryce Brown committed to Miami back in February of 2008, just weeks after his brother (Arthur Brown) started school in Coral Gables. Despite the commitment to the Canes, Brown took recruiting visits to Clemson, Missouri, and Oregon in 2008. And to kick off 2009, Brown took his fourth visit of the season.

"He went to visit Kansas State," said Brian Butler, Brown's trainer/mentor. "He had a chance to watch a good basketball game. The new offensive coordinator they just got from Utah (Andy Ludwig) is the real deal. He's a real sharp dude and will get their offense turned around. The thing with Kansas State is they had a special thing going before Coach Snyder left before and they just took about five steps back the last few years. Bryce wanted to check them out and he did. He liked it."

Brown has now taken four official visits. He has one left and while Miami is expected to get it, several other schools have jumped into the picture lately hoping to get it instead.

"USC came down last week to see Bryce," Butler said. "They're coming back next week to talk to Mr. Brown. Tennessee has jumped into the picture. Lane Kiffin and those guys are doing a real nice job and he's put together a nice staff. The next planned visit, though, is to Miami."

The date, as of right now, of that visit remains up in the air. Butler said it will depend on when Miami hires its new offensive coordinator.

"Timing is everything right now," he said. "I know they're waiting on a few guys down there but that's the main thing Bryce will be watching -- who Miami hires. He can't control it but I know he wants to wait to schedule that visit to Miami so that he can visit after they have a new coordinator in place. Hopefully it'll be done by next weekend and Bryce can get to know him, go spend some time with him on his visit, and things like that."

While the Canes are still in search of a new offensive coordinator, they do have a coach in place who has been actively recruiting Brown lately.

"Coach (Tommie) Robinson has been coming by for in-home visits," Butler said. "Bryce has had a relationship for him ever since last year when they were recruiting Arthur."

As of now, Brown has not yet nailed down a date for that fifth official visit. The plan is to go to Miami but he's waiting to see how the coaching situation pans out.

"That's the biggest thing we're waiting on right now," he said. "And Bryce understands how important it is so he's trying to be patient."

Brown is a five-star player according to and is considered by many to be the nation's No. 1 overall prospect. He was co-MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Game a couple weekends ago.

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