It’s all about perspective when it comes to offers. For some, getting offered a year before signing day means the schools took too long.
For others, they’re happy the offers are rolling in. When it comes to Denton (Texas) Ryan defensive end Earnest Brown IV, he’s more the latter than the former.
In January, Brown had zero offers. Now the 6-foot-5 end is inching closer and closer to 20. And one major big one was given in person last weekend when he visited Oklahoma.
“Coach (Cale) Gundy was talking to other recruits when Mike Stoops walked up to me and my mom and let me know they’re going to offer me,” Brown said. “I had a feeling. My offensive coordinator the previous day said don’t be surprised.”
Brown said it meant a lot for him to earn the offer in person. Not a text message or phone call but face-to-face.
Brown’s first trip to Norman was marked by taking all the recruits to the major OU-Kansas basketball game, and Brown said he loved being able to sit in the top-notch seats near the court. But the main point of emphasis is football, and he said it opened his eyes to see all those trophies.
Thrilled by the offer, Brown said he has no intentions on committing early. A trip to SMU should be coming, but he’s also looking at major academic programs like Northwestern and Duke, among others.
Following his talk with Sooners Illustrated, two more major programs in Texas and Ole Miss joined his offer sheet. It’s clear for someone who wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out last month that now he has a plethora of options to sort through.
“I need to go somewhere I’m going to feel comfortable in the environment,” Brown said. “If I can feel at home, it’s something that will mean a lot to me.”
Brown’s trip to OU was a little different than a lot of other recruits if only because not only was Bob Stoops not there, but OU didn’t have a defensive line coach for him to connect with.
It was less than 72 hours before his trip when it was announced Diron Reynolds would not be returning to the program. Brown said, however, he hadn’t had any real contact with Reynolds so it wasn’t too big of a deal. And he knows OU will find a good one.
“No, sir,” said Brown of if mattered. “I know they’ll get another one. OU started to show interest about a month ago, telling me how great the campus is.”
Brown said he has no problems with the majority of his interest happening right now. He didn’t grow up having any dream school or anything of that nature. He said this is really only his second year of watching college football. He’s played football for a while but never actually watched the game.
OU loves to attack the north part of Texas and considers it part of its home turf. The Sooners are in a hunt for Brown, but it won’t be an easy battle to win.