Richie Brown hopes to visit

At first glance, the West Coast might seem a long way to travel for linebacker Richie Brown, a product of Long Beach, Miss. Among the schools on his list, Stanford is the only one outside of the South to have extended an offer. However, in a conversation with The Bootleg, Brown said he was keeping his options open.

"I don't really have a top list," Richie Brown said. "I'm still neutral, looking at schools. I don't really have any favorites right now. But [Stanford's] definitely recruiting me hard and keeping up good contact."

Brown hasn't made a visit to the Farm yet, though Stanford was the second school to extend an offer to him. He has paid visits to several schools closer to home, including Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

However, Brown doesn't think that distance will play a big role in his decision.

"That's not something that I think is going to be a big deal," he said. "I'm not really worried about distance. I'm just worried about where I think I need to be as far as what I'm looking at for a school. It's just really about how I feel about the school."

Brown said that a big factor in his decision—which is not expected until the middle of next season at the earliest—will simply be the atmosphere of each school. He listed academics as another deciding factor.

"It's just kind of how you feel about the school," he said. "That feeling you get when you step on campus."

Brown also plans on taking a visit to Stanford sometime soon.

"We haven't swung up there, but I do plan on it for sure, on making it up there whenever I can—whether it's a senior trip or something of the sort," he said.

Brown added that relationships with the coaching staff were important to his decision- making process. So far, he has primarily been in touch with Jason Tarver, Stanford's co- defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, as well as with assistant coach Lance Anderson, who is responsible for coaching the outside linebackers group.

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