Ready to Take His Visits

Preston Brown, a physical wide-receiver and linebacker from Camden, New Jersey, has nearly a dozen scholarship offers. He names his top 5 teams. How interested is he in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Preston Brown
Position: WR
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.55
School: Woodrow Wilson High, Camden, NJ

Preston plays wide-receiver and outside linebacker for Woodrow Wilson (5-3).

"Offensively, I have around 40 catches for about 600 yards and 3 touchdowns," he said.  "Defensively, I have 65 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries, but no interceptions.

"Some schools want me to play linebacker and some want me to play receiver.  The schools that are currently on my list right now are all looking at me to play receiver."

Brown estimated that he has approximately 11 scholarship offers.

"This is in no particular order, but I've narrowed it down to Iowa, Purdue, Tulane, Indiana and Penn State."

According to Preston, each of his top 5 schools has offered him a scholarship.  He has already set up official visits to those 5.

"On December 6, I'll be going to Tulane, December 13 is Iowa, January 10 is Penn State, January 17 is Purdue and I'll be going to Indiana on January 23."

He has not had the chance to visit any of his favorites or attend any college games.

"We play on Saturdays because teams are afraid to play us at night time in Camden."

Preston admitted that Iowa is probably his favorite team right now.

Tulane is the only non-Big 10 team on his list of favorites.

"The thing I like about Tulane is that I want to be a receiver and they throw the ball like 80 percent of the time.  They're a 4-wide, run and shoot, no huddle offense.  I'm a fast paced type player."

Coach Brian Norwood is recruiting Preston for Penn State.

"Penn State is looking at me as a receiver/tight-end type.  They talk to me once a week.  They offered me a couple of weeks ago.

"They're honest and straight up.  Plus, I've always had a good vibe about Coach Joe Paterno.

"I've been there before, but I've never been there for football.  We used to have AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) basketball tournaments at Penn State all the time."

He's had a chance to see the Nittany Lions play on television.

"Certainly, I like their quarterback.  He seems like a big play type guy.  They got a nice running back to set up the pass."

Preston is an intelligent young man who scored a 940 on the SAT in 10th grade.  Academics will play somewhat of a role in his decision making process.

"You can learn at any institution.  It's up to you.  The name of a school can help you along the way, but once you get past high school it's not what you know, it's really who you know.

"Academics play a role, but I'm going to get a degree regardless.  I'm going to learn regardless because that's my main objective.  Football is sort of secondary to me."

Is he looking for a big city atmosphere or rural campus?

"Actually, I don't like the city type campuses as much.  I like a rural campus, a city around it, but the campus all together."

The physical wide-receiver is also not afraid of competition.

"I'm a competitor, so regardless of who else they bring in, I'm going to compete.  Other players are not my concern."

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