A new leader after junior day in Lincoln?

As any school hosts their junior days, their hope is to get some of the cream of the crop to come check out their school and see what the team, players and coaches have to offer. Nebraska had one for their first full scrimmage this last Saturday, a perfect time for recruits to check it out. One of them did, potentially one of the better defensive prospects in the Midwest and he came away from the visit impressed.

Defensive end, Jerry Brown already has been seeing a lot of interest. Sitting on early offers from Missouri and Michigan State, he could have stopped there and had two great programs to choose from.


The thing is, the schools other than those two didn't stop, programs asking for visits, time or whatever they could get from the Vashon high school standout.


So, to that end, Brown has been on the move, this last weekend to Nebraska and after that, it's a series of possible camp visits that could take place to Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas State.


To the Nebraska visit, though, Brown said that he saw exactly what he wanted to see and more. "I was really interested in seeing the campus and the stadium," he said. "I also got to see them practice."


It was a treat, actually, Nebraska still in spring practices before their spring game on April 16th, but Brown got the next best thing. The Huskers holding their first full scrimmage of the early session went at it in a variety of situational drills.


Of the practice and how the coaches conducted the practice, Brown couldn't notice any alarming difference in intensity from the coaches, from what he's used to seeing at high school, but he did notice something that to him was markedly different. "It's just really fast," he said. "They are just doing one thing full speed and then it's running to the next thing and the next thing."


"It was pretty organized as well."


That's what you expect from a college, so no surprise there for Brown. What you don't expect, though, or can't anticipate is how you will get along with the coaches with just a short amount of time available. Brown said that was another surprise, because the coach that would eventually be his position coach if he did indeed join the Huskers, his presence was the best treat of all. "I love that guy," Brown said of defensive line coach, John Blake. "He just sounds like a great coach."


Between the rapport between the coaches and his overall view of Nebraska and what they had to offer, Brown said that he went away thinking a lot differently about Nebraska than what he was thinking going in. "I just re-evaluated my favorites," Brown said. "I've got Nebraska number one, Oklahoma – number two, Iowa at three and then Michigan State."


"I know that could change at anytime, but that's how I have it right now."


Currently, Brown has offers from Michigan State and Missouri, but said of a possible Nebraska offer, he was pretty confident. "They wanted to get some film on me and I am pretty certain that after they see me, I'll get one soon after that." Brown said.


The recruiting process plays out differently for some than it does others. Some players want nothing to do with the process, opting to commit early and concentrate on football for the entirety of their final year of prep-ball. Others want to play the process out, take the official visits and possibly make a choice during the season. While, others still don't have a clue what they want to do and are willing to take it all the way to signing day if need be.


As for Brown, he's got his ideal time, but is flexible if it doesn't work out. "I'd like to make my decision before my senior season," he said. "That way I know where I am going, but if other schools are interested, that's ok to. I wouldn't mind getting it out of the way early if I could, though."


At 6 foot, 4 inches tall and weighing in at a robust 267 pounds and all able to move along the forty at a 4.8 clip, there's little you need to say of just the physical up-side of Brown. The Spartans and Tigers have already seen it, so that means others are probably not that far behind. Who comes in and when, though, that could determine where Jerry ends up playing his college ball.

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