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.