WVU Commit Eyes NC State

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Lakes star Jarrett Brown saw his high school career end two weeks ago, but he still feels they had a strong season.

"We played good," Jarrett Brown said. "We finished 8-2 and lost to Ely in the third round. We wanted to get to states and win it all, but it didn't happen for us."

Brown starred for four seasons at Palm Beach Lakes, and he capped a stellar career by completing 110 of 176 passes for 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions in ten games. For his efforts he was nominated for the Palm Beach County Player of the Year award with Miami verbal Randy Phillips and Pahokee star tailback Antone Smith. Smith, possibly the nation's top prospect, would win the award after finishing the year with 1,937 yards and 30 touchdowns.

"It's just a trophy," remarked Brown when asked if he felt he should have won the award.

Blessed with a strong arm, terrific athleticism, and ideal size, Brown could be considered the prototype at the quarterback position.

The talented signal-caller had a great spring and was a standout at the Nike Camp held in Coral Gables. At 6-3, 192 pounds, Brown ripped off a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and served notice that he can beat opposing defenses with his arm or speed.

After the NIKE Camp, several major programs started to compete for his services, and Brown committed to West Virginia shortly after attending their team camp this summer.

"I went up for camp, and I just loved the coaches," he said. "I really liked the area so I committed. I still am committed, but for now I just want to take my visits."

Despite the commitment, Brown's going to take the advice of his parents who believes that he should take some official visits before making his commitment final in February.

One school that will get an official is NC State. Brown camped with them this summer and has earned an offer from the Wolfpack.

"I may visit Minnesota, but I'm visiting NC State this weekend," he said. "If I would back out of my commitment it would probably be to go to NC State and that's why I'm visiting them.

"They are in the ACC, and when I camped up there I liked it. The facilities are nice, I love the area, they have a lot of Florida people, and there's a lot of schools in the area."

Wolfpack assistant Doc Holliday is in hot pursuit of Brown. Holliday, who has already landed NC State's lone quarterback commitment in Mike Greco, hopes to lure another south Florida stud to Raleigh.

"Doc Holliday's recruiting me for NC State," Brown said. "He came by my house and that went well. He met my parents, and I think they like NC State more than West Virginia because it's closer.

"But, they are going to support me 100% on what I decide to do, so it's going to be up to me."

With an offer from the Wolfpack, is there a chance that Brown could leave Raleigh as an NC State verbal commitment?

"Probably not, but it's hard to say," Brown said. "It just depends on how I feel about them after the visit."

Scout.com Scouting Report: "Here's a quarterback with the prototypes you look for at that position. He has the 6-3 body, a big arm, and the athletic ability to go with it. Brown will be entering year four as the starter and he threw for just under 2,000 yards as a junior last season. He throws a nice ball and looks like a natural throwing it. Although he can get better in big games, Brown has the physical tools you look for in a quarterback. He's also one of the top basketball players in the area on a team that's one of the best in the area." -- Analyst Mike Bakas

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