Growing up a Wolverine fan, Columbus Indiana defensive back Steve Brown already had an idea of what Michigan tradition was about. After having participated in Michigan's summer camp last year, the Nike camp in Ann Arbor this spring, and also sitting down with the coaches on while an unofficial visit, that familiarity grew. However, football won't be the only consideration in the young man's decision. Because of that, he will be looking to learn more about Michigan and all of the other schools on his list in the coming months.
As was reported last week, (for those that missed it, click here), Brown will be heading back to Ann Arbor tomorrow and will be looking to get a different view of the university. "It's an academic day that focuses on the school side of things as opposed to the football side of things," Brown said. "I think I'm still going to meet with a few of the coaches and everything, but the main purpose is the academic side."
Brown indicated that he would like to get similar looks at other programs on his list, which decreases the chances for a Wolverine pledge tomorrow. When asked if a commitment in the near future were likely Brown replied, "No. I'm still going to take some other visits this summer." The idea of committing and then taking trips to other schools didn't seem to sit well with the talented star. "That would be kind of pointless I think."
While a pledge to the Wolverines may not be on the immediate horizon, Michigan still sits in a very favorable position. "I wouldn't say they're my clear cut leader, but they're at the top of my list," Brown said of the Maize and Blue. "I also like Notre Dame and I just picked up an offer from Virginia, so I'm going to look at them a little bit. I'm still looking at Purdue a little bit too."
Since Brown has no plans to attend camps this summer, he will likely be visiting the aforementioned schools unofficially. One of the question marks in his recruitment at this point seems to be if he'll play some corner at the next level. Early on, the possibility of lining up on an island in college appeared to be slim. However, coaches seem to be getting more and more intrigued by his versatility and corner looks to be more of an option. "Notre Dame is, I think Virginia is, and Ohio State is," Brown said regarding which schools were talking to him about playing corner. "Michigan is going back and forth between corner and safety. They don't really know. I have the ability to play both. They're just wondering where it will work out better for me. That's what Coach English told me the last time I talked to him. Plus, since they know I'm an offensive player too they say I can return punts and kicks to utilize my offensive skills."
Even with corner talk, Brown still feels that his most likely position in college is safety. In anticipation of that, he will be playing that position during his final high school season. After having worked in the center of the defense this spring, he has already singled out things that he needs to improve upon. "I'm just now switching over to safety," Brown said. "I've played corner the last three years. This will be my first year so I need to work on just developing back there; reading routes from that position, breaking on the ball and keeping everything in front of me."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Brown in the coming days.