Brown Lands on Penn State's Radar

Georgia sophomore's previous encounter with Penn State drew him to a camp in Atlanta Tuesday.

Penn State's football camps at University Park will be filled with evaluations of underclassmen, what with its Class of 2015 nearly full.

Turns out, the same philosophy applies away from campus, too.

Head coach James Franklin and his staff were in Atlanta Tuesday to help work a camp at Georgia State. A few prospects stood out, among them Canton, Ga., Cherokee Class of 2016 athlete Brittain Brown.

"I'm pretty sure that Georgia State and Penn State are interested in me because I talked to most of the coaches," Brown said.

Neither program offered the junior-to-be, but Brown has reason to be hopeful. Tuesday marked the second time he interacted with Lions' linebacker coach Brent Pry, as he also met him back during the spring evaluation period.

The assistant made Penn State seem interesting, Brown said, making the Lions teaming up with Georgia State a camp opportunity he couldn't pass up.

"We were working together a lot," Brown said of spending time with Pry at camp. "We did a little of bit of individual drills, and he's a high energy guy and was excited to see me play.

"It means a lot because I know he wants to see me in action and look at me to think about offering me."

Pry was not the only assistant Brown met, however. He worked at running back, as well, which gave him the opportunity to interact with Lions' running backs coach Charles Huff.

The junior mostly carries the ball for his high school team, but worked in the secondary because of a hand injury that forced him to wear a cast.

What seemed like a negative quickly turned into a positive, as Brown said he did individual work with both Pry and Huff before he, his father and Franklin chatted before the day was through.

"I like how they're very excited about me," Brown said. "They are nice, and definitely gave me a lot of compliments. My dad liked them, too, and I met Coach Franklin.

"He seemed like a really good guy."

Nebraska and Minnesota (among four others) have offered the junior, who said the Big Ten is a conference he's always watched. And, because it's so early in his recruiting process, he isn't ruling out any schools, nor is he particularly worried about distance.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder will visit Miami next week, and also would like to hit Georgia Tech and Clemson this summer, he said.

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