'It Was Wonderful'

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Lakes Quarterback Jarrett Brown told Pack Pride late last week that he was still committed to West Virginia and just wanted to visit NC State. What is he thinking now after taking a trip to Raleigh?

"Going into the visit I was still open, even though I had committed to West Virginia," Jarrett Brown told Pack Pride. "I wanted to go up there and here what NC State was talking about and to see the area."

What did he think of his NC State visit?

"It was wonderful," Brown said. "Yea, I liked it. The players were cool, with so many of them being from Florida. My brother went with me, and he liked it too.

"I liked the basketball game. It was exciting with the crowd up there, and [Julius] Hodge did pretty good. He can play."

Brown is also a star for Palm Beach Lakes on the hardwood and plans on being a basketball walk-on at whatever college he chooses.

The NC State trip also gave Brown a chance to meet up with a few other south Florida stars, including a quarterback he first met at NC State's camp this past summer.

"I met the guys from Miami, like Kenneth Phillips and Conredge Collins," Brown said. "Mike Greco was up there too. He's a cool guy. I already knew him from when we went to camps."

Brown also had a chance to speak with head coach Chuck Amato before leaving Raleigh. The talks went well, and Coach Amato let it be known that the quarterback position will be open to everybody next year.

"The talk went well," Brown said. "We talked about the past season and their depth chart. He couldn't promise a [starting] spot, but he could promise me the opportunity to win the job. He said I'd have the chance to come in and compete for it."

So, how did this visit affect Brown's potential college decision?

"It made it a lot tougher," he laughed. "I do know I'm open now. I'm going to take these next couple of visits to West Virginia and Minnesota.

"I'm still looking around. I just have to take those visits first for me to really know what I'm going to do."

Brown said NC State and West Virginia coaches were going to do in-home visits with him this week. He plans on taking his official visits to West Virginia and Minnesota in January, but did leave the door open for making a possible commitment before those trips.

"Yes, I might could make a final decision before then," Brown said. "I'd probably still take those visits, but I might be able to make a commitment before them."

Notes: Jarrett 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.

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.


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