Linebacker Brown Plans Rutgers Return Trip

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. — Williamstown (N.J.) linebacker Buddy Brown enjoyed his Saturday Rutgers trip so much that he has another one planned this weekend. Brown, who holds 12 verbal scholarship offers, discussed his reasons for another visit and relationships with other top South Jersey recruits while participating in yesterday's Schuman NUC East Five-star Showcase.

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. — As an aspiring college linebacker, Williamstown (N.J.) prospect Buddy Brown could not refuse a request from co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene.

Brown visited Rutgers Saturday for the first padded practice of the spring. He spent time with Greene and incoming linebacker Quanzell Lambert and left with an invitation to come back and hang out with the team this weekend.

"I was talking to Quanzell Lambert and Khaseem Greene," Brown said. "Khaseem wanted me to come up there and chill out with them and see how the guys are behind the scenes. ... I'm just going up there to have fun and chill with the players. I like the school. I want to see how I fit in with them."

Brown has been to Rutgers multiple times since the coaching change. With Kyle Flood in charge, he feels just as comfortable as before, he said.

"It was like a reassurance with how the staff was and everything," Brown said. "It's the same as it always was. Practice was so intense. Everybody was moving quick. It was good."

Before the coaching change, Brown had the best relationship with recruiting coach Phil Galiano and was upset to see him go with Greg Schiano to Tampa Bay.

Defensive line coach Jim Panagos is his new recruiter and he is building a relationship with linebacker coach Dave Cohen.

Cohen made a positive impression on Brown at Saturday's padded practice.

"I like the way Coach Cohen coaches the linebackers," Brown said. "He doesn't yell at them as much as he just really teaches them. He's serious about it. He has a laid-back style and can have fun, but at the same time, he's very serious."

Brown visited campus with other top South Jersey prospects, who have been friends for quite some time. Brown is friendly with Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) QB/LB Myles Nash, Cedar Creek (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) QB/DB Damon Mitchell and Oakcrest (Mays Landing, N.J.) linebacker Brandon Bell.

"Myles is my boy," Brown said. "Just seeing where all of us are now, growing up together. We talked about this when we were kids and now it's happening. It's overwhelming. We all talk about maybe playing together somewhere, but at the end of the day, we have to make the best decision for ourselves. We've definitely considered it."

Brown will visit Penn State Wednesday, where he holds a verbal offer.

"It's going to be really excited to meet the head coaches out there and everything," Brown said. "My friends Greg Webb and Dajaun Drennon said it was real good."

Brown plans to trim his list to eight schools by May and possibly make a decision in the early summer.


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