Gamecocks Impress Top WR Target

Cheraw (SC) produced one of the top players in the Palmetto State in the 2007 recruiting class in 5-star defensive end Cliff Matthews, and the 2-A State Champs will feature another top prospect this year in wide receiver Jaron Brown. The athletic Brown made the short trek to Columbia on Saturday for South Carolina's junior day event, and he liked what the Gamecocks had to show him.

The 6'2, 180 pound Brown, who runs a 4.6 second forty yard dash, enjoyed his visit to USC over the weekend and came away impressed with what all the Gamecocks have to offer.

"It was good. They showed us a lot of things about their program. It was very interesting, and they've got a lot of big things coming to South Carolina in the next few years," said Brown. "They gave us a tour and showed us the new renovations that are coming to USC. They're building onto the stadium, they've got the condos around the stadium, and also they're going to be sponsored by Under Armour this year. They really just told us how they do things. I met up with the receivers coach, Steve Spurrier Jr., and he just told us their standard procedure for every game with watching film and stuff. We went through a lot of that. I‘m definitely impressed with USC."

Brown, who holds early offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, and Kentucky, said he currently holds no favorites in the race for his services, but he does have a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"I think the biggest thing is academics. I find that important to find a place where I can get a degree at. I'm just looking for a good overall program and a good coaching staff."

According to Brown, he hopes to take a few early official visits and potentially have a decision made by the beginning of September.

"I'll probably make it sometime after my official visits. It'll probably be after September 1st or sometime around there."

One factor working in South Carolina's favor is Brown's relationship with friend and former teammate Cliff Matthews, who signed with the Gamecocks a little less than a month ago.

"Every chance Cliff gets, he always tells me something about South Carolina. He just basically says, ‘Come on Jaron man, let's go to South Carolina' and stuff like that. He's like, ‘You know you want to be a Gamecock.' He's always egging me on to go to South Carolina."

Brown, who is being recruited by coach David Reaves for the Gamecocks, feels that after watching Matthews go through the recruiting process last year, he now has a good idea of what to expect in his own recruitment.

"I've been with Cliff since last year, going to camps and stuff like that with him. I've seen how everything goes, and it's good to have him there as somebody who has been through it."

Brown, who helped lead his Cheraw team to a 2-A State Championship last fall, talked about his stellar junior season, where he played a key role at both receiver and safety.

"We don't really throw the ball that much, but I managed to get 20 receptions for 503 yards and 13 total touchdowns on offense. Defense-wise, I had 95 tackles and 2 interceptions with one of those run back for a touchdown. I had a couple of punt returns too. It was just a real good season. We did go to state and actually won it this year for 2-A, and I made All-State for the first year."

While Brown is a standout on both sides of the ball for Cheraw, he believes his future is at wide receiver on the college level.

"I'll probably most likely end up playing receiver. I'm a big, strong, physical, receiver, but I'm quick too. I'm a possession type guy, but I'd say that I have a little speed."

Brown, who reports a sterling 3.3 GPA, closed by sharing a few goals for his senior season.

"I'm going to try to repeat a state championship and hopefully make the Shrine Bowl this year. Really, I just want to improve in every aspect of my game. I want to get stronger and faster."

Stay tuned to for all the latest on this top Palmetto State prospect.

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