State Still in the Hunt for Brown

Greenville Rose (NC) Running Back Andre Brown's senior season is off to a solid start, with the Rampants posting a 3-0 record following a victory over Scotland County. <P> StateFans caught up with Andre before practice for an update on his recruitment.

Andre Brown has changed his list of favorites, and NC State still holds a strong spot on his list of five.  The Wolfpack will have to battle Miami, Nebraska, Virginia and LSU (which still has not offered a scholarship) for his commitment.  Brown stated that he would set up official visits to each of those schools soon.


The 6'1" 215-lb. running back from Greenville's J.H. Rose Senior High School gave no timetable for his decision, but he said he would like to visit all of his favorites before he decides.


"I want to take all my visits, but at the same time, I don't want to wait too long to commit," he said.  "To be honest, it's kind of difficult because I'm getting ready to make one of the biggest decisions of my life."


What Wolfpack fans might find more interesting is that Brown claims his recruitment will be unaffected by the decisions of other running backs with NC State offers – namely Darrell Blackman, who is prepping at Hargrave, and Fayetteville Britt's George Bell.  In fact, he stated that even if Blackman and Bell both accept Wolfpack scholarships, he would still consider NC State a possible destination.


"It's just another challenge," he said.  "I just want to know that if I don't get the job done, someone else is going to come in and take my job.  It's just going to make me work that much harder."


Brown admitted the thing he liked most about NC State is the coaching staff, and he added that one of the biggest factors in his decision would be how well he gets along with a particular staff.


"I'm going to be with those guys for three or four years, and I just want them to be honest with me," he said.  "I'd have to really sit down at one point and see if these coaches are really telling me the truth.  I just want to be around a good group of honest guys."


All the schools on Brown's list are recruiting him as a running back, with the exception of the Hurricanes, who are recruiting him as an athlete.  Brown's coach Greg Thomas says that, besides being blessed with speed and strength, one of Andre's most valuable gifts is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.


"We really need to get him the football out of the backfield more," Thomas said.  "When he first got here, we played him at receiver because he has a natural knack for catching the football.  In fact, he had over 300 yards receiving out of the backfield last year.  He can be a big part of our passing game."


Coach Thomas admits that Brown has made great strides in his running game also.  In fact, he says that Brown is more dangerous now that he is learning to run more between the tackles.


"When he was younger, he tried to outrun everybody," he said.  "But now he's running between the tackles a lot better, and that's something he's going to need to know as he goes to the next level."


Right now, Andre may check all the websites of his favorite schools, but he is focusing mostly on his senior year at Rose.  When he was asked if he still planned to gain over 3,000 yards rushing this season, he just smiled and shook his head.


"For the first two games, I haven't been touching the ball much and I've been sitting out the second half, so that's really messed up my goal for 300 per game," he chuckled.  "Now I'm going to have to make up for it."

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