Brown has high interest in Notre Dame
Notre Dame extended an offer to wide receiver Erik Brown of Fontana (Calif.) Summit on Sunday evening. "I was very excited to get the Notre Dame offer," Brown said. "I have been talking with Notre Dame and Coach (Mike) Denbrock since the beginning of the spring before I even had my first offer. I had a really good spring, and Coach Denbrock liked what he saw and had something to base my offer off of instead of just word of mouth." Brown started this spring with zero offers, and now he is up to 16, having recently added Notre Dame, Nebraska, Arizona, and Vanderbilt. "It hasn't been overwhelming," Brown said. "I've been working really hard and I expect results to come when you put the work in. It has been a blessing." The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.49. "The biggest thing Notre Dame likes about me is my size and speed," Brown said. "If I grow a couple more inches, they will move me to the outside, but right now I'm being recruited for the slot. They see me as a versatile guy. I have great body control, speed, and hands. I haven't talked about this with Notre Dame yet, but I would love to play special teams." "I like the tradition and academics at Notre Dame," Brown said. "I want to major in business. I want to make a visit up there to see if it's a place I can live for the next four years." Brown told Scout.com last month that UCLA and Washington were his leaders. However, Brown remains open to a lot of schools, and the Irish have certainly jumped in the mix after having offered. "I'm not sure who is at the top and I don't have list of favorites, but [along with UCLA and Washington] Notre Dame is high, USC is high, and Oregon State is up there as well," Brown said. "The two main things that will play into my decision are how heavy the degree is and where I want to live for the next four years." With interest from in-state schools like USC, UCLA, and California, is leaving his home state a viable option for Brown? "Most definitely," he said. "I think it would be a great growing up experience." Brown says he will be visiting a few places this summer, but no dates are nailed down quite yet. "Nothing is set in stone for visits," Brown said. "But, I definitely want to see Boise State, Washington, Notre Dame, and Oregon State. I grew up with UCLA, USC, and Cal, so I've seen those a lot. I'll probably camp at USC. I think USC is very close to offering. They came out to a practice the other day and liked how I played. Wisconsin and BYU might be close to offering as well." Brown says right now he has no timetable for a decision. "I could commit next week or next fall," Brown said. "I don't have a date. I'm not really a hat-choosing kind of guy, so it will come sometime before signing day." Brown is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 30 wide receiver in 2014.
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