Palmetto State WR Talks USC Visit
Jaron Brown, who measures in at 6'2" and 185 pounds, has attended several South Carolina home games over the years, but he had a positive experience in Columbia on Saturday night, taking in his first USC home game of the 2007 season.
"I went to South Carolina yesterday," said Brown "It went good. We didn't catch much traffic going up there, and Coach (David) Reaves sent some golf carts to come get me (once we hit traffic). That was pretty nice going through the USC fans. I got a chance to meet the coaches before they spoke to the recruits, and that was nice too. I had a good time."
According to Brown, one aspect of South Carolina's game day environment stood out to him while taking in the Gamecocks' 38-3 win over the Bulldogs.
"I would have to say the biggest thing was the USC fans. It was loud down there. The fans really get into it at the game."
Brown was also impressed by how the Gamecocks rotated in several young players throughout the game, especially at wide receiver.
"South Carolina, they signed a lot of young receivers this previous year. I got to see one of the young receivers last night. I think Mark Barnes caught a touchdown yesterday. That was pretty neat to see how they mixed it up and rotated the young players in, and they got to see playing time immediately."
Saturday's trip to USC also served as a reunion of sorts, as Brown was able to meet up with his friend and former teammate Cliff Matthews before the game.
"I got a chance to see Cliff before the pre-game warm ups, and hang out with him a little bit. He played real good last night. He's still talking to me (about joining him at South Carolina) all the time."
Following his trip to Columbia, Brown went on record with a list of his top five schools, discussed what stands out about his favorites, and named a timeframe for his decision.
"I have a top five: South Carolina, Clemson, West Virginia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt," said Brown. "The pros and cons I like about each school is the wide receiver position and how many players they signed in previous years and the spacing in between the years as far as playing time goes. I think every last one of the schools has great coaching staffs. Academics as well. All the schools are very good academically. I'm just going to continue watching how they perform this season, and hopefully I'll make my decision by the end of December."
Brown, who plays both wide receiver and safety for Cheraw, discussed how his senior season has started off thus far.
"So far, we're now 2-2. We lost against Chesterfield and Marlboro, and we won against Darlington and Marion. Right now we're just headed back on the right track. We're starting to get a win streak going. That way, by the time we hit the playoffs, we'll be playing good. We won Friday night 49-6. We faced a little bit of adversity early on, but we're getting better and improving in practice everyday," said Brown. "I'm doing pretty good. I'm only getting the ball two times a game, but I'm trying to make the most of it. On Friday night, I had two touchdowns from two passes and one interception on defense."
Brown said his next visit will likely be to Clemson when they play host to Virginia Tech on October 6th, and he has also scheduled an official visit with Tennessee for December 7th.
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