Brown Saga Nears End

By some estimates No. 1 running back Bryce Brown has played more college campuses in the last two years than comedian George Carlin did in a lifetime, and while that is more jest than conjecture, it's only amusing to aficionados of train wrecks or reality television.

The recruiting process for Brown has lasted longer than Maurice Clarett's post high school football career and like the Energizer Bunny he just keeps going and going.

When last tracked he was in Baton Rouge to visit LSU. He has also talked about another trip to Miami where his brother, Arthur, is a sophomore linebacker.

Bryce Brown originally committed to the Canes over a year ago and even considered playing his senior season at a school in the Miami area instead of in his hometown of Wichita, Kan. Whether the Hurricanes' offer is still active remains a matter of claim since the deadline for withdrawal has come and gone with no official word from Miami on the matter forthcoming.

Undoubtedly Brown, a two-time USA Today High School All-American, is one of the top three prospects in the nation and the media attention his recruitment has drawn is quite remarkable. Along with the attention comes scrutiny and his association with designated manager, trainer, handler Brian Butler, a former telemarketing manager and rapper, has sparked the most controversy. Butler's role in Brown's recruitment is reportedly being investigated by NCAA.

Brown has also visited Missouri, Clemson and Oregon in addition to Tennessee, LSU and Miami. He took a good look at both in-state programs and made a swing out west during the spring combine circuit to check out programs. The good news is there is an now an end date, March 16, to this most atypical recruiting story.

Of course Brown isn't he only prospect still deciding on a program a month after national signing day. Former UT commitment David Oku currently of Lincoln, Neb., (East High School) where he transferred for his final semester from Carl Albert High in Midwest City, Okla. Oku visited Auburn last weekend and is considering the Tigers along with Tennessee and Syracuse. However after his move north Nebraska may now be a player for his services. Ole Miss is also vying for a late Oku visit.

Much closer to concluding his recruiting process is five-star tight end Orson Charles of Tampa Plant High School. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver runs a 4.5 time, bench presses 320 and has recorded a 35-inch vertical. As a senior he helped lead his team to the state title with 75 receptions for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns. He scored another three touchdowns on fumble returns from his defensive end post. Charles is expected to sign with USC, Georgia or Tennessee this week.

Lane Kiffin would love to land one or two big weapons for his offensive arsenal and any of these three would fit to a T. Although the Vols are regarded as underdogs for anyone of these big talents, they are also a finalist, and there are a lot of football programs that would like to be in that position.

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