Verdis Brown, a 4-star defensive lineman out of IMG Academy in Florida has gained the attention of colleges across the country, but he may have his sights on Big Ten country, and Michigan State is in the mix.
The 6-foot-5, 295 pound force, who is capable of playing on both sides of the ball, recently spoke with Spartan Nation and said that he has a good relationship with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and defensive tackles coach Ron Burton.
“I like Michigan State, I like coach Burton and I like coach Dantonio,” he said. “They’re good guys, down to earth guys and guys that always tell me the truth and I think that’s very important when you look at a school.”
Brown received an offer from the Spartans following a visit to East Lansing in August of 2016.
While Brown doesn’t have any visits to East Lansing scheduled, he anticipates that he will be visiting Michigan State in the future.
“Right now, I’ve only made a couple of trips and I’ve been talking to coach Burton about coming back up,” he said. “So we’re looking pretty good for me coming back up and visiting.”
Brown also noted that would like to make his college decision before the start of his senior season this fall, but could wait until after the 2017 season as well.
The Spartans have plenty of competition from several other Big Ten schools, who are also hoping to land a commitment from Brown, including a school from his home state, Illinois.
Brown said that he likes Illinois second year head coach Lovie Smith and added that the Fighting Illini are recruiting him hard.
“He’s a great guy and down to earth,” he said. “I talked to him on the phone yesterday and he was just telling me they really want me. I’m planning on going back down there in the summertime as well.”
As far as other Big Ten schools that are in the mix for Brown, Michigan and Ohio State have the attention of the 6-foot-5, 295 pound defensive tackle.
“The Buckeyes are a good, sound program,” Brown said of Ohio State. “They develop players very well, I can’t say anything bad about them.”
As far as the Wolverines are concerned, Brown is impressed with head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Coach Harbaugh is an excellent guy,” he said. “Energetic and brings the juice a lot and I like that a lot when I’m talking to a coach.”
Scout rates Brown as a 4-star recruit and the No. 158 ranked prospect in the country. Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest news on Brown and Michigan State!