Brown Impressed With Northwestern

Running back Coy Brown made the short two-hour car ride from Nappanee, Indiana to Evanston earlier today to attend Northwestern's first spring scrimmage.

The trip was the running back's very first visit to campus ever since the Wildcats started recruiting him in the beginning of his junior year. First impressions are always important, so what's Brown's reaction to this one?

"I was definitely impressed," Coy Brown said.

A lot of major schools are recruiting the 5'11, 215-lb athlete and Brown lists Northwestern, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, and Wisconsin as his early favorites. However after today's visit to Evanston, Brown says the Wildcats are towards the front of the pack.

"Northwestern was in the top mix, but especially after today, they got the job done," he said.

The recruit was excited to be on campus but was also thrilled to finally meet NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald in person.

"I met him earlier in the day before practice," Brown said. "He's definitely enthusiastic; kind of goofy, but he's got that mentality to get the job done. He's definitely an outgoing guy."

Seeing a familiar face in Evanston definitely made the Brown feel more at ease. The running back knows Northwestern's wide receivers coach Dennis Springer.

(Springer) says he loves it there, Brown said. "He was all smiles (today)."

Coach Springer first recruited Brown when he was on the Hoosiers' coaching staff last season. Since then, the two have had a great relationship.

Brown spent time watching the defensive side of the ball today, and while it was great to see some big hits, the junior says he was more impressed with watching how the team interacted with one another.

"As a group, all of them are friends, he said. "They're very disciplined but they have fun. It was just great seeing that camaraderie."

Northwestern is recruiting Brown as a running back, but the versatile athlete would be open to anything.

"Right now Northwestern is recruiting me offensively," he said. "I want to play running back, but I can see myself playing outside linebacker ideally, with my weight and size. I'll play either side as long as I can make plays for the team."

Brown is waiting for an offer from the Wildcats, but he could see himself in purple.

"Maybe one day, I can see myself playing for Coach Fitzgerald in the future."

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