QB Jason Brown enjoyed a recent visit to NC State so much that he will return to the school this summer. The purpose of that trip will be a little different. More will be riding on it.
Brown did not expect to come away from NC State with an offer when he visited in February. The coaches did not know much about him. In fact Brown visited more for himself than because of anything he had heard from Dave Doeren or anyone at NC State. One of his coaches at Fredericksburg (VA) Chancellor had been talking to a coach at NC State and through their relationship Brown discovered that he had an invitation to visit. He decided to take the Wolfpack up on their offer.
He has been around the RDU area a lot before. Brown (6-3, 200) is only a high school sophomore but he has visited Duke three times dating back to last year. In fact Brown’s coach received a piece of mail from the Duke University football program just the other day. That letter stated that Brown could be a candidate to receive an offer from Duke and they needed a copy of his transcript so they could do necessary background checks on his academic standing before they moved forward.
Brown said Duke is closer to offering than anyone else on the basis of that letter. He did visit Charlotte too and said the new 49er program was more than he expected it to be.
The point of all that is to say that Brown has spent a lot of time in North Carolina and in the RDU area specifically. In his travels from Virginia to North Carolina he had not visited NC State but that was something he wanted to do.
“I like the area. I like everything about the area pretty much. I like how supportive everybody is of NC State in that area and I liked the atmosphere when I visited.”
Brown got a little taste of the atmosphere in the football program when he went to the locker room and tried on a red NC State jersey. He got more of a taste when he walked around the weight room and the rest of the facilities specially designated for the football team.
“I really liked the weight room and the locker room. I like how from the weight room you could see the football field. It overlooks the football field and I really liked seeing that. I thought the campus was alright. You could say I didn’t mind the campus. I liked the dorms a lot thought. I really liked the dorms. Their dorms are bigger, more personal and they give you more room.”
Brown did not leave campus with an offer but he was excited to talk to Matt Canada. The Pack’s offensive coordinator invited Brown to participate in one of their summer camps and said he wants to watch him throw there. Brown jumped at that opportunity.
“My coach already said we’re going to do that.”
As a sophomore Brown completed 111 of 214 passes for 1,635 yards and 19 touchdowns while adding 516 yards rushing and another six touchdowns on the ground.
Even if Brown is not offered after the camp this summer he will still have a few other opportunities to earn an offer from NC State. That is one of the advantages of getting started so early as a recruited prospect.
NC State, Duke and Charlotte are the three North Carolina schools Brown is hearing from but he hears from Clemson too.
“I was at Clemson on March 7 and I liked it at Clemson too. One thing I told Clemson reporters too was how by their practice facilities hey have a graveyard and when they beat a Top 25 team they put it on a tombstone to recognize that they beat a really good team. I haven’t seen anybody else do that before.”