DE Josh Brent Setting Visits

Catholic Central High School in Bloomington, Ill., is off to a strong start in 2006. They have outscored opponents 173-21 on their way to a 4-0 record. One of the big reasons for the stellar defensive performance is four-star defensive end Josh Brent. spoke Sunday with Brent to see if he caught another stellar defensive performance in South Bend.

Defensive end Josh Brent of Catholic Central High School in Bloomington, Ill., has made it no secret that he favors Ohio State and Illinois over all others. The Buckeyes and Illini remain solidly on the top of his list, but he is not ready to make a decision any time soon. "The most important thing for me is that I want to do track and field as well as football," Brent said. "I also want playing time. I don't necessarily need to start, but I want to play. When I feel I'm comfortable with a place then I will decide. I don't have a timetable set for that or anything." Brent is the reigning state champion in the shot put. He won the title with a put of 56-feet, two-inches.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound star was in Madison on Saturday to catch Wisconsin take on San Diego State. After participating in a 62-0 snuffing of Olympia High School of Stanford, Ill., on Friday, Brent watched the Badgers shut down the Aztecs by a score of 14-0. "It was a lot of fun," he said. "I went up with my uncle for the day and talked to some of the coaches. I'm not sure yet if I'll take an official visit up there."

Brent does have three official visits set - Michigan on Dec. 1, Ohio State on Dec. 8, and Arizona State on Jan. 20. "I'd say my top five right now are Ohio State and Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona State," he said.

The big man didn't get to see Michigan's impressive defensive performance against Notre Dame, but he did see the score while at the Wisconsin game. "I expected them to win," he said. "But not like that."

The Catholic Central defense held Olympia to a minus 16 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Brent said he sat out the second half of the game. The Saints are ranked No. 5 in Class 4A. The 62 points were the most scored by a Central Catholic team since 1982.

The Saints visit Mahomet-Seymour of Mahomet, Ill., on Friday. "They're off to a slow start but it should be a tough game," he said. "They were state ranked but lost to the top two teams in the state."

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