Penn State football commit D.J. Brown talks about his in-home visit from the staff.

Penn State commit D.J. Brown received an in-home visit from a few coaches on Penn State's staff that included head coach James Franklin.

As one of the earlier commits in Penn State's 2017 class, three-star cornerback D.J. Brown stayed true the Nittany Lions despite attempts by other schools to get him to flip.  Brown has been in constant contact with the Penn State coaching staff ever since he committed and the visit was a family affair.

"Coach (James)Franklin, Coach (Josh) Gattis and Coach (Terry) Smith all came to my house," said Brown.  "We sat around and talked about the future of Penn State.  I've spoken with them so much that there weren't many new things to discuss. They (the coaches) were able to get a feel for my home life and meet my grandparents. We laughed a lot and really enjoyed being around each other like family."

While an improvement from the 2015 season was expected, Penn State's winning the Big Ten Championship was a surprise to many people, including Brown.

"To be honest, I was fairly surprised with how well they finished the season up with such a young team," said Brown.  "They suffered a couple of tough losses but they never gave up and never gave in to anyone. I want to be part of that kind of organization. I was expecting them to have a great record and do big things, but I was not expecting them to be ranked number five in the country and end up playing in the Rose Bowl."

According to Brown, the allure of what Penn State brings to the table off of the field as well as on the field stood out to him during his recruitment.

"Not only does football matter to me, but academics matter to me as well," said brown.  "I must secure my future one way or the other. I want to be able to have a great job coming out of college. I would love to play in the NFL one day, but this isn't a guarantee. I believe the academics at Penn State will prepare me for a successful career if I don't make it to the NFL.  The opportunity to get early playing time was also a big factor. With the skills I'm bringing with me, I will have a huge opportunity to get my chance at competing for a spot in the rotation from day one."

(D.J. Brown's twitter)

Brown added that he has learned a lot during the recruiting process and had talked about the positive and negatives that come along with being courted by college coaches.

"One of the positives of my recruiting process is talking to coaches all across the country," said Brown.  "I also enjoyed seeing so many of them at my school. It's really exciting to hear coaches from all over the country compliment you on your ability on the football field. On the other hand, talking to coaches can become overwhelming after a while. They can become very aggressive. At times you can receive several calls from different coaches every day. They call you,  text you and direct message you after a period of time. I believe the worst part is when a coach leads you to believe he will offer you but doesn't. So I had to learn to go into every situation not expecting anything."

Even though every recruit's recruiting process is different, Brown had some advice for future prospects.

I would most definitely tell them to take out the time to enjoy it," sys Brown. "Also, make sure you do all of your research before making any decisions because this is truly a life-changing decision and you only have one shot at making it."

Brown also stated that he is grateful that he had a support system behind him.

"I'd like to thank God because he gave me the talent that I have.  I also want to thank my mom and dad.  Without them, I would not be in this position.  They are my support system."



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