4-star Denton Ryan DE has SMU right in the mix

Billy talked with 2017 Denton Ryan defensive end Earnest Brown at The Opening, who has blown up real quick with offers including SMU.

2017 Denton Ryan defensive end Earnest Brown IV has seen interest in him increase big-time in the last couple months and all of it just makes Brown IV feel lucky.

"It's been great. I stay busy and it's been amazing. I'm truly blessed to get this opportunity."


Oklahoma, SMU, Houston, Northwestern, Texas and Texas A&M all got recent visits from Brown IV for junior days and he enjoyed all of them.

"OU was great. They showed me around the sports club and we went to a basketball game. Northwestern just treated me like home and everything they did was great especially academically," Brown IV told Scout's Gabe Brooks. "Texas, Texas A&M were great. Coach Strong and coach Sumlin are great guys. Coach Orlando didn't leave my side almost the entire time. With SMU, coach Loepp, we've been talking a lot and it's been great."

Brown IV has built a solid relationship with SMU defensive backs coach Jess Loepp as well as defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.

"They just told me that I'd be a great fit at SMU and they need more guys like me at SMU. I feel comfortable talking with them about anything that I'm down about, I can go to them and talk about it. It's like family," Brown IV said. "I don't want to see a coach and not be able to talk with them about anything. I have to have that connection."

On his visit to SMU recently, the staff stressed academics and being able to balance the lifestyle of a student-athlete.

"I liked it. They showed me around the facility and I'm planning on going back there on March 15," Brown IV said. "They just mainly focused on academics, which I really liked. I want to major in Business. They told me they have a mental person that you can talk with and also have a close relationship with, which stood out to me."

Most schools are looking at Brown at strong side defensive end and schools like Northwestern, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, SMU and Houston are standing out early. Brown IV will visit Baylor on March 18 for Friday Night Lights and will try to get to Texas A&M and Texas Tech later in the spring.

Brown IV would like to be decided by the start of his senior season.

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