When Columbus (Ind.) East defensive back Steve Brown made his commitment to Michigan four months ago, he cited comfort as the overriding factor in his decision to become a Wolverine. When he and his dad traveled to Ann Arbor this weekend for his official visit, that comfort level grew even more.
"It went well," Brown said of the trip. "They just had me do pretty much the same things that I did on my unofficial…they just went into a little bit more detail with everything. They gave us more information on the academic parts of it. I got to sit down and talk to Coach Tolbert and Coach Gittleson (the strength & conditioning coaches). Then I talked to Coach English and my recruiting coordinator a little bit more. I was pretty much just visiting with everybody. Then I got to hang out with the players that night. Brandon Harrison was my host. We played a lot of video games. It's finals week up there this week, so everybody's dorm was closed and there wasn't too much going on. I still got a chance to hang out and meet a lot of the players though."
The firmness of Brown's commitment to the Maize and Blue has never been in doubt, and the visit only further confirmed to him that he made the right choice. Other programs had already seemingly gotten that message. "I still get the junk mail that everybody gets, but the ones that were really coming after me the hardest…I called and told them I committed," Brown said. "They pretty much stopped. All the other schools just gave up too."
As one of the commitments on campus this weekend, Brown put his recruiting hat on at times. He put in a few good words for his future team, and a couple of his prospective teammates appeared to be pretty receptive. "I talked all of the recruits for a little bit, but I probably talked to [Obi Ezeh] a little more than the others," Brown recalled. "I kept asking him if he was going to commit and he told me that he was probably going to. He said it came down to Michigan and IU. I told him some of what I knew about IU since Indiana is about 40 minutes away. I figured he would commit. McKenzie (Matthews) seemed to be enjoying himself a lot too."
With his official visit now out of the way, Brown will resume preparation for the upcoming Army All-American game. The 6-1, 200-pounder has been rehabbing from a broken ankle for the last few months, and his doctor gave him the green light to participate. "It's coming along real well," Brown said of his surgically repaired ankle. "I'm running now. My doctor said I was fine and that I could play."
Brown, who leaves for San Antonio January 1st, indicated that the staff in Ann Arbor supported his decision to play as well. They did offer a few words of caution though. "The coaches at Michigan said to be smart about it and not to try to overdue anything because I haven't played in quite a while now," said Brown. "They want me to be able to play next year. They said I deserve to go down there and deserve to play because it's a big honor. They just don't want me to do anything to hurt myself anymore."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Brown from the Army All-American bowl in the coming weeks.