Weis and Brown Talk

Arthur Brown has too many scholarship offers to remember already, and Monday morning he added another one to the growing list. One of the nation's best linebackers, the Wichita, Kan., product received an offer from Notre Dame while speaking with Irish head football coach Charlie Weis for roughly 20 minutes.

"It went real well," the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Brown said. " He told me that he liked what they've seen on film, and is real interested in getting me down their to view the campus and meet the coaches. I'm very interested in doing so."

What the Irish coaches saw on film, was a hard-hitting linebacker with 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash, just blowing the poor ball carrier up. The East High standout racked up 158 tackles this past season, including eight sacks. He forced eight to 10 fumbles, with three coming in one game. He also had an interception.

Brown's sophomore year, he made 164 tackles with six sacks, and one interception.

Weis and his staff also saw a couple long touchdown runs, as Brown backs his younger brother Bryce up at running back. Bryce will be a top recruit in the class of 2009.

"He did talk about my highlight tapes," Brown said. "He said he was real impressed with my athletic ability, the way I maneuver on the field, and things like that."

Brown's smoothness on the field carries over to combines. In San Antonio, Texas, he was named to the U.S. Army National Combine first team, after performing well among the nation's best juniors back in January. He bench presses 315 pounds, and squats 465 pounds.

With the Notre Dame defense making the move from a 4-3 defense to 3-4 personnel this coming season, the Irish coaches are aggressively recruiting linebackers. Brown is the fifth player at the position to be offered, joining Chicago's Steve Filer, David Posluszny of Aliquippa, Pa., Shayne Hale of Monroeville, Pa. and Anthony McDonald of Sherman Oaks, Calif.

"I asked (Weis) how did I fit on his depth chart in this recruiting class, and he said I was one of their top recruits," Brown said. He has a 3.3 GPA. "I said that's a good thing to hear."

Don't expect a decision anytime soon from Brown. He is going to let the offers roll in, and learn as much as he can about each school. Notre Dame is on his radar.

"Well, I'm interested as much as I can be," Brown said. "I don't know too much about them, and I am very willing to find out things about them."

Brown said that Weis told him that he was going to send information about good dates to come in and check out Notre Dame's campus.

"He said he was going to send (trainer and mentor) Brian (Butler) a schedule of their junior day and spring game, so we can put it on our schedule, which I have no clue what's looking open right now."

Some of Brown's other scholarship offers are from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Kansas and Kansas State.

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