Brown Cuts It To Ten

After an injury-plagued junior season on the gridiron, Corey Brown bounced back with a strong spring with his school's track team. Now Brown gives the latest on his recruitment and attempts to list his top 10 schools while discussing his future plans in this update.

Corey Brown has been enjoying a quick summer.

In addition to being the nation's No. 12 running prospect as judged by Scout.com, the 2010 prospect from Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara has gone from track season to club track season while also mixing in some 7-on-7 work as well.

While running for the Philadelphia Striders, Brown said he has recently been timed at 20.8 seconds in the 200-meter dash after finishing third and fourth in the state 200- and 100-meter dashes, respectively.

"I got all (conference) and I'm still waiting to see if I got runner of the year," Brown told BuckeyeSports.com. "It overall has been way better than I thought it was going to be."

Brown – not to be confused with the incoming Ohio State freshman with the exact same name who hails from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway – said he would like to run track in college, but that the decision will not be a deal-breaker for him.

"The track team won't really matter to me," he said. "Wherever I go, I would like to be with the track team to help keep myself in shape. I would hate to let myself get out of shape, so I wouldn't care if the track team was good or not. If the school has a track team I would like to go there and run track for them, but I'm not going to go for the track team."

His success this season on the track was made more impressive given that he missed all but three games during his junior football season after suffering a torn MCL. In those three games, he rushed for around 600 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.

Brown was injured in the third game of the season but eventually returned for the season finale.

"It was tough, especially because right after I got hurt my team started to struggle," he said. "We came back and still had a good season. There's nothing wrong with me any more."

As of mid-May, Brown had not narrowed his list of schools and was still entertaining each of the 30-some scholarship offers he had received. Now halfway through the month of June, Brown has made some cuts.

"I've narrowed it down to 10 actually," he said. "It's Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State and I can't remember the last one off the top of my head."

Getting to that point required Brown and his mother sitting down and taking a hard look at the situation.

"(We) sat down and looked at what schools were recruiting me the best and what she thought would be best for me and what I thought would be best and everything," he said. "Now I can start visiting some of these schools."

First up will be a trip south.

"I know for a fact I'm going down to Florida to visit Florida State, Miami and Florida all in the same week," he said. "I don't know the exact date that we're doing that."

Brown is being recruited by OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, but the athlete said that the two have not spoken any time recently. The 5-11, 170-pound athlete said he hopes to cut his list further in the future.

"I'm going to cut it down to five first," he said. "I'm not really sure yet when that will be."


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