Brookfield (Ct.) class of 2013 QB Boeing Brown may not live in the state of South Carolina, but he got a first-hand look at the Carolina-Clemson rivalry this weekend when he and his family visited Columbia for the big game.
"It was a great trip," the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brown says. "Got to tour the USC campus, the Horseshoe, the stadium, parking was good, checked in with the recruiting side, took a tour of the facilities and then visited with Coach (quarterbacks coach G.A.) Mangus for several minutes."
While on the trip, Brown also got to know class of 2012 safety target Jordan Diggs, who was on his official visit.
After hearing from head coach Steve Spurrier and the entire coaching staff as a group, Brown later went to the sidelines as the players were getting warmed up.
"Enjoyed the experience being on the sidelines, meeting a few players and seeing the warm-ups," he said.
Brown and his family went to their seats to enjoy the Gamecocks' 2001 entrance.
"My sister and mother especially loved the pre-game ceremony from the band entering the field, to Cocky coming up in the cage, to the National Anthem and then the band and entry of the team to the field.
"I think the next part was the Sandstorm at kickoffs, towels swirling, feet pounding, people jumping, it was amazing."
After the game, Brown went to the locker rooms.
"I got to meet the team and all the coaches again, visited with Connor Shaw (and the other QBs), held the trophy then went over and met (Jadeveon) Clowney and others, everyone was so nice."
The trip ended with a long conversation with Mangus.
"He is a great man," Boeing says. "We really enjoyed the visit and I look forward to seeing him when he comes to my high school this January or April. He seems to like me a lot too and I told him I want to be a Gamecock if the opportunity fits. I have other offers and colleges I am meeting with too, but really felt this was a great experience."
"I like the family environment of the team and coaches," he added, "the Christian values, winning spirit, pride, education emphasis and so much more. I felt like I was home!"
Brown is also receiving interest from Connecticut, Northwestern, NC State, Vanderbilt and Michigan State among others.
Big visit for Brown
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