While on an unofficial visit to SMU, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Brown received the good news from Head Coach Chad Morris himself.
“He (Morris) took me down to the office with Coach Fry and Coach Loepp and we talked for about 10 or 15 minutes,” Brown said. “At the end of it all they offered me. They really like how I play and they said my style of play fits their offense well.”
Brown couldn't stay long because of a tight schedule, but in the short amount of time he spent with his position coach, Coach Fry, he believes the two could get along quite well.
“I watched film with him, and I like Coach Fry,” Brown explained. “He's a younger coach and he fits in with us a lot. He seems patient-like he's willing to teach you. He's going to take him time to make you a better athlete.
Brown, who holds offers from Wyoming, Utah State, Tulsa, Stephen F. Austin, North Texas, Houston, Arkansas State and now SMU, did not get a chance to tour the campus, but is nonetheless still impressed with what the Mustangs have to offer.
“It's by far the biggest offer I've gotten,” Brown said. “It's a private school, so that's a $300,000 scholarship and I wouldn't have to deal with being in a class of 500, so it means a lot in terms of my education. Coach Morris also talked about how he's changing everything around so I have faith in him.”
While Brown said he doesn't plan on making a decision until after his senior season, the Mustangs offer undoubtedly stands out.
“If I had to choose between my nine offers now, it would more than likely be SMU because of the education and athletics they have to offer,” Brown said. “I like the conference they play in, I love the coaching staff and they're getting new facilities. I've still got a long time and I'm waiting on some more offers.”
Two schools that have not offered Brown yet, but are expressing a great deal of interest are TCU and Oklahoma State. Brown visited SMU's rival in Fort Worth following his visit to the Hilltop and received a special message from Head Coach Gary Patterson.
“They were supposed to offer me that day, but Coach Patterson wasn't there, so instead he left me a video,” Brown said. “He made a recording and recruited me through the video so I'm expecting an offer from TCU this week.”
For now however, Brown is focused on getting ready for his senior season, which starts Monday with spring practices.
“We're putting in a new offense so hopefully our season is a lot better,” Brown said. “Me personally, I'm working on getting stronger, working on footwork, and working on staying low. I play both sides of the ball so I've got to work on my stamina as well.”
With a roster that's expanding from 35 to 52 kids, Lexington will look to improve on their 4-6 record from last season.