Kourtnei Brown: Former Hoopster Visiting U-M

Charlotte (N.C.) jumbo athlete Kourtnei Brown was actually up in Pennsylvania for the past few days -- and the Michigan coaches managed to hone in on him there. GoBlueWolverine has the latest on Michigan's newest defensive end recruit.

Kourtnei Brown (6-5, 220, 4.6) from Charlotte Victory Christian was actually in Pittsburgh Pa. over the weekend for a basketball tournament with his high school team -- and he was scouted there by Michigan football coaches, who spoke to him briefly afterwards.

And Brown has scheduled an official visit to Michigan for the Jan. 12th weekend.

As a basketball player ... let's just say Brown is an excellent football prospect. As a football prospect -- he's a great athlete, a big, fast jumbo athlete, an impressive if raw prospect. He had Nike Combine stats this spring of: 6-5, 210, 4.57 in the 40.

In fact, when GoBlueWolverine spoke to Brown's mother Sunday, she laughed about him switching from basketball to football.

"Yes, he's been playing more basketball than football over the years ... but he found this fall that he has really taken to football, we were all taken aback -- he's really really good at football!"

"He's only played football for three years. But he's really taken to the sport. And he had a wonderful year this year."

For his senior season Brown had 95 tackles and an incredible 33 sacks, including 3 sacks and a blocked field goal attempt in the N.C-S.C. Shrine All Star Game, where many observers though he should've been named MVP (S.C. DE Carlos Dunlap was named MVP instead).

Regarding a Michigan scholarship, Mrs. Brown said:

"It would be great if Michigan offered him a scholarship."

GoBlueWolverine note: Brown does not have a Michigan scholarship as yet, but this one could go like the Panter/Evans situations, where a late recruit is offered at his official Michigan visit.

Brown actually committed in the summer to Alabama, but with the coaching change there he has opened his recruitment back up.

As far as his early Alabama commitment, Brown told CU Tigers recently: "First of all, I liked it because for one it was my first offer. I liked the coaches. I got to know them real good. It would have been a good place to go and learn more about football and go to the NFL. But now I really don't have a leader. I'm not sure where I would sign if today were signing day." Because of the early commit, he hasn't been involved with recruiting at all during the season, Mrs. Brown said, "He hasn't visited anywhere during the fall or anything."

"The attention he's getting now (since Alabama fired their head coach) is gratifying ... a lot of schools have been calling ... of course he can't visit everybody."

And Mrs. Brown says he is completely open at this point.

"He did not grow up following any particular team -- as I said he was more into basketball. So he has never really said he is hoping to get to play for any particular team."

And U-M may end up battling the SEC and ACC, particularly Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, for the SOR (stock on the rise) defensive end.

But it has to be good news to Wolverine fans that Michigan's Jan. 12 official visit will probably be Browns first.

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