Does Brown have a favorite?

Cheraw (SC) standout wide receiver Jaron Brown has openly favored the Clemson Tigers in recent weeks, but he received a visit from USC coaches Steve Spurrier and David Reaves at his school on Tuesday afternoon and had several of his questions answered about how he could fit into USC's plans. Did that visit have an impact on Brown's list of favorites? Read inside to find out.


The 6'2", 185 pound Brown has seen his stock soar in recent months after helping lead Cheraw to a second consecutive state title in the fall and having a strong showing at the Shrine Bowl in early December. However, Brown is now hitting the stretch run in his recruitment, and coaches from his three finalists - South Carolina, Clemson and Michigan - are working to make a lasting impression each time they see him. According to Brown, Coach Steve Spurrier and David Reaves did just that on Tuesday, as they answered several of his questions relating to USC's wide receiver depth chart and how he could fit into the Gamecock offense.

"Coach Reaves and Coach Spurrier came by my school in the afternoon. It went great," said Brown. "My mom was there, and she really enjoyed it. I was talking with Coach Spurrier, and he told me that the receiver position is wide open and if I come to South Carolina I will have a chance to play next year. He mentioned that some of the current receivers could be moving to defense."

Brown, who has openly favored Clemson in recent weeks, said the Gamecocks closed the gap with their visit on Tuesday and that he has no frontrunner heading into his official visit to USC this weekend.

"The visit helped Carolina," he said. "I had Clemson as my favorite, but right now I have no frontrunner. I'm just looking forward to my official visit to South Carolina, and we'll see what happens after that."

The Palmetto State standout has visited USC multiple times over the last year and is very familiar with what the Gamecocks have to offer, but he admitted that he will still be looking for a few key things when he visits Columbia over the weekend.

"I pretty much just want to see how the players interact with each other and how the social life is around Columbia. I'm just hoping to have a good time."

This weekend will serve as a reunion of sorts for Brown and former Cheraw teammate Cliff Matthews, and Brown said he knows Matthews will work him for the Gamecocks while he's in Columbia.

"Cliff talks to me all the time about how South Carolina is the place to be. Of course he had a big freshman season, and I know he would love to have me down there with him as a teammate."

Another factor that Brown finds appealing about South Carolina is the relationship that he's built with his USC recruiter, David Reaves.

"I've grown close with Coach Reaves. I actually started talking with him my sophomore year. I've gotten to know him pretty close, and he's developed a good bond with my family."

Brown, who will take his final official visit to Michigan on January 25th, closed by discussing what kind of timeframe he's considering for a decision and what factors he'll look at when deciding on his college choice.

"I plan to hopefully announce by signing day, after my official visits are over," he said. "Basically I'll look at the overall football program, the coaching staff, the atmosphere, the academic rates and of course how the players interact with each other and everything like that."


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