Brown Makes Rutgers Visit; Talks Recruiting

Williamstown (N.J.) High safety Buddy Brown was the lone uncommitted prospect to make it to Rutgers' first scrimmage of training camp, and the class of 2013 standout caught up with to talk about the visit. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Brown spoke about his two favorite schools growing up, where he could play defensively in a college system and much more.

South Jersey's 2013 class is strong, and one of the top targets is Williamstown (N.J.) High's Buddy Brown, who made an unofficial visit to campus Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Brown already holds offers from West Virginia and Rutgers, and is getting strong interest from South Carolina, Penn State, Boston College, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

"Growing up my favorites were Rutgers and Boise State," Brown said. "Rutgers is my home state, and I saw them growing up and loved what they did. I always liked Boise State because of that blue field. That's why I liked them."

Brown made the trip to Piscataway (N.J.) to watch the first scrimmage of training camp, meet with the coaching staff and become more familiar with the program.

"I learned how much is going on, on the defensive side of the ball, and what they want to put me at," he said. "I got up there for the scrimmage, and talked to them for a little bit after it. It looks like they're trying to be a lot more aggressive on offense and defense."

The two staff members Brown spent the most time with after the scrimmage were coach Greg Schiand and assistant Phil Galiano, who recruits South Jersey.

"Coach Schiano, he's a real cool guy," Brown said. "He's very professional and a real good guy. (Galiano) always talks to me about academics, and he says academics come first."

Brown didn't spent a lot of time making visits in the offseason, taking in West Virginia's spring game and visiting South Carolina.

"I have to get another visit (to West Virginia) and maybe go there for a game," he said. "South Carolina, it's beautiful down there. The campus and the experience and the way people treat everyone down there, it's nice."

One thing Brown will take a hard look at when his recruitment becomes more serious is how he fits into a defense, and whether he will be a safety or linebacker in college.

Williamstown plays a 4-2-5 defense, and Brown plays safety, with his specialty being as a defender close to the line of scrimmage.

"I'm probably more like a safety/linebacker, a rover, almost like an extra defensive back in the box," Brown said. "That's where I think I fit. West Virginia likes me as a strong safety, and South Carolina said it depends on how big I get, I can be an outside linebacker. Rutgers likes me as a weakside linebacker."

Brown made 49 tackles, including three sacks, forced four fumbles and had two pass breakups in five games.

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