Athlete Steve Brown didn't have great defensive stats last year as most teams went away from his side of the field, but that hasn't stopped him from receiving recruiting attention from some of the best programs on the Midwest.
The top prospect already has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Nebraska. Ohio State, Michigan and Kansas State are also pursuing him. In fact, Brown recently spoke to coaches at both Ohio State and Michigan, and each school said that they planned on visiting Brown during the May recruiting period.
The Columbus, Ind. native is also very interested in Notre Dame as he made several trips to South Bend.
"(I) Came up for the Michigan game last year. I was at the February junior day and I was up for the spring game'" Brown said of his recent trips to Notre Dame. "The old staff was recruiting me, but it seems like new staff is recruiting me even harder.
"It's one of the most prestigious schools in the country," added Brown. "They haven't offered yet, but I think they are close. They said they wanted to see me workout before they offered."
Does that mean that Brown will attend the Notre Dame summer camp?
"I'm not sure what one-day camps I will attend, but I'm going to go to the Nike combine in Ann Arbor and the Adidas combine at Notre Dame," Brown said.
Defensive coordinator Rick Minter and defensive back coach Bill Lewis are in charge with the task of recruiting Brown. What is Brown's impression of the new Irish coaching staff?
"All the coaches are about turning the program around as soon as they can," said Brown. "They have a great staff, and they want to bring in good people to the program. All the coaches seem really determined.
"When I was up for the spring game, coach Lewis talked to me the whole time," said Brown. "I got to know a lot about him and he got to know a lot about me."
What position is Notre Dame recruiting him to play?
"They are recruiting me as a safety," he said.
Some schools are recruiting him at running back, while others are recruiting him at safety. Does he have a preference where he plays?
"If I had to pick, I guess I'd pick safety," he replied. "But I really don't have a preference where I play. I guess it depends on where I can get on the field first."
Comment: Brown has some solid early offers and the Irish might not be far behind. The Notre Dame staff appears to be staying in contact with him and will take a good look at him during the May evaluation period. If the Irish do offer, they should make his final list of schools.