WR Brown Discusses Notre Dame Commitment

Notre Dame picked up its 15th commitment of the 2012 class when Hanahan (S.C.) High receiver Chris Brown gave a non-binding oral pledge Sunday. After returning from campus late Sunday, Brown spoke to IrishEyes.com about his commitment.

Everything felt right.

From Notre Dame's fan support, to the way the Irish played in beating Michigan State, to the feel of campus and the connection with the coaching staff, Hanahan (S.C.) High receiver Chris Brown could not have asked for more.

So, as his official visit came to an end Sunday afternoon, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Brown saw enough, felt so comfortable, he gave Irish coach Brian Kelly a non-binding oral commitment.

"It feels really good," said Brown, who missed the last two games with a broken collarbone. "You can't beat the tradition, you can't beat the (degree), they have a real young defense but they make plays. I think with me and Darby going there, we can make a positive contribution to them".

Brown, one of the best long jumpers in the nation, was also considering Alabama and Virginia Tech.

"The whole weekend I was feeling good about it, especially at the game," Brown said. "They got their first win, it was a great atmosphere, and as I spent more and more time there, I started to feel more like I was at home. I loved the fact that most of the people there were alumni.

"I feel like they look out for the people, especially after college, and I learned about their great graduation rate, 98 percent, and you can't do anything better than that."

Academics were huge part of Brown's decision. He plans to major in either sports medicine or kinesiology.

But another big aspect was the vibe he got from the coaching staff.

"I talked to the offensive coordinator and the receivers coach, and they said they know I'm a good person," Brown said. "I want to be challenged, and not only getting my degree there, but working for that degree there. They were really impressed with me, I was really impressed with them and it just felt right.

"I talked to my parents, and asked them what I thought, and explained to them why I felt that way, and when I got in coach (Brian) Kelly's office we talked a little bit and I told him I'm ready to be on board."

However, Brown's commitment to the Irish came after a summer in which the Irish's interest fluctuated.

Brown was told in late May he would get an offer from the Irish, but in late July he told IrishEyes.com his contact with the Irish was limited.

"We just started getting back in contact," Brown said. "I started talking to my position coach, and then the whole (staff), and I started to like it more and decided to take an official visit."

He was also getting plenty of input from fellow Irish commit Ronald Darby. The two became friends while running track together in the summer in Puerto Rico, and they spent plenty of time together during their official visits.

"When I got there, they asked me, ‘You know, Darby, right?' " Brown said. "We were chillin' the whole weekend. He didn't really push me but in Puerto Rico, he was saying, ‘Hey, go to Notre Dame.' He left before (the commitment), but I let him know I did it."

Another key aspect of the visit was Brown's campus experience, which included a lot of time with his host, Matthias Farley.

"He showed me the ropes," Brown said. "The feel about (the campus) …It was nothing that we did, in particular, that sold me on it, but it was the whole passion. The fans, they say Clemson fans are passionate, and I felt like (Notre Dame's) fans were even more passionate because they had two tough losses, they still sold out, the fans were still alive and supporting their team. It showed a love for football and their sports, and how they look out for their players."

Brown said Kelly will allow him to participate in track as long as it does not interfere with football.

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