Brown Narrowing Focus, Closing In On Decision

After a busy week which had three-star quarterback Anthony Brown participating in the New Jersey Elite 11, visiting one of his top schools and picking up another ACC offer, he gives the latest on his recruitment including narrowing his focus further from his top five with a decision on the horizon.

Three-star quarterback Anthony Brown is one of the top signal callers in the East Region this cycle. Recently, he participated in the Elite 11 New Jersey to show off his skills and learn some things about how to improve his game.

During his experience, he said he learned new drills, which he plans on incorporating into his offseason work. He believes they will allow him to develop different parts of his arsenal and add new skills.

”Overall it was a great experience and opportunity to play against the best in the state and see what I have to offer,” Brown said.

On top of that, it has been busy on the recruiting front for the 6-foot-1 quarterback. He visited one of the top schools on his list over the weekend, Boston College.

It was not his first time in Chestnut Hill, but he was able to see some things that he missed on previous trips.

”The visit went well overall,” Brown said. “I got to talk to the academic advisors, the dean of freshmen, I talked to (head) coach (Steve) Addazio. It all went well. I actually got to see more of the campus because it was a warmer day.

”They’re still one of my top schools. It did increase my interest a little bit.”

Brown also picked up a new offer on Monday from Virginia Tech. It was one that he saw coming based on previous conversations he had with their coaching staff.

”(Quarterbacks) coach (Scot) Loeffler came to my school,” Brown said. “He watched me throw and coach Beamer called my coach today and said they wanted to offer me a scholarship.

”I was surprised but I wasn’t surprised because they told me they were going to offer me. On top of that, it’s a great school. It’s a good opportunity to go play football in the ACC and compete. They just beat Ohio State last year who won the national championship and they have a lot going for them right now.”

Another ACC school has been pursuing the St. John Vianney standout for several months. Syracuse continues to make Brown a priority, and he speaks with them regularly.

”We are in contact almost every day to weekly,” Brown said. “They’re telling me that I’m their guy. They would love to have me here. They want me to come join Robert Washington.”

Washington and wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, two Orange commits, both have connections to Brown and are trying to persuade him to join them in Central New York.

”It’s great because I’ve played with Sadiq,” Brown said. “He’s a great player and someone I trust to go get the ball. Also, Rob, I played with Rob for the USA team. He’s a great running back and he’s a game changer. He puts fear into defenses.”

Brown released a top five just a couple of weeks ago that included Wake Forest, Northwestern and Temple in addition to the aforementioned Syracuse and Boston College. Brown said he has narrowed his focus to three schools right now, however.

Those three include Syracuse, B.C., and Northwestern. He does admit, though, that Northwestern has not been staying in contact as much as the Orange or the Eagles. He says they are waiting for his test scores before they ramp up their pursuit.

That makes it appear as if it is an ACC battle for Brown’s services, with Syracuse and Boston College out front. Virginia Tech is still in the mix, and Brown said he will visit the Hokies even if he pledges elsewhere.

Regarding that decision, Brown is getting closer. He says there is still no firm date for a commitment, but reiterated that he wants to do it in May. Brown did hint that it is possible it happens this week, but is not sure quite yet.

The three-star prospect is rated as the 45th best quarterback in the 2016 class.

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