Persistence pays off more often times than not. Notre Dame defensive coordinator Rick Minter has been recruiting Aaron Brown, OT, 6-6, 291 pounds, Cincinnati, Ohio, (Princeton) from the outset, but nobody considered Notre Dame to be a true contender. Until now.
"We're taking an official visit to Notre Dame (this weekend)," said Brown's father. "It's on."
Aaron does not have a sudden interest in Notre Dame according to Mr. Brown.
"Aaron has always been interested in Notre Dame. We've been keeping up with Notre Dame all along" he said. "We know that coach Weis is a really good coach."
"I wouldn't be driving four and half hours to Notre Dame if Aaron wasn't really interested in Notre Dame," Mr. Brown continued. "We already know that Notre Dame has great academics. We know all about that. Put us down on the field. We want to talk to the coaches, see how the coaches coach."
Mr. Brown has been doing research about the football programs as well.
"I've already looked at the depth charts of each school on the Internet," he explained. "I have looked up which players each school has signed the last few years, too."
While it seems that every recruit talks openly about how academics are far and away the biggest factor in their decision, Mr. Brown thinks it is an even split.
"We are looking at this as a business decision because the schools are looking at this as a business decision" he said. "It's 50/50, half athletics, half academics."
Mr. Brown's point was rather simple. By his estimation football takes up roughly half of the day, from 3 O'clock to roughly 10 or 11 O'clock at night with practice, meetings, weight lifting and film study. College football does take up a lot of time, but academics are still a priority to Aaron according to Mr. Brown.
"I'll tell this much, Aaron will not be out-worked by anyone," he said. "In the classroom or on the football field he will not be out-worked."
Mr. Brown has known coach Minter for the better part of ten years because another family member was recruited by coach Minter several years ago.
Aaron is simply waiting to see what Notre Dame has to offer, with depth charts entered into the final equation.
"I have a game Friday night. We'll be leaving (for Notre Dame) after that," Aaron said of his travel plans to South Bend.
"Depth charts will be a big part of my decision," Aaron admitted. "I haven't really looked at the depth charts at Notre Dame yet."
Aaron has already taken official visits to Auburn and Ohio State, and will visit Virginia Tech after he visits Notre Dame this weekend. Aaron will be making his college choice on Oct. 6 before enrolling this January at the school of his choice.