Brown ready for return to D1 Football

Junior college defensive tackle John Brown is ready to get back to D1 Football. Brown, a former Florida Gator, has spent the last six months at Northeast Mississippi Community College getting his academics in order. Brown committed to Tennessee in late summer, and he is ready to be a Volunteer. Go "Inside" to get the latest on Brown.

A recent visit by a Tennessee coach and a junior college prospect turned out to be a reunion of sorts.

The Vol's recruiting coordinator, Ed Orgeron, and former Florida Gator John Brown are old acquaintances.

Orgeron paid Brown a visit last week. caught up with the standout defensive tackle to find out how the visit went.

"We know each other so well," Brown said. "Coach O has been recruiting me for a long time. He began recruiting me before I ever signed and went to Florida."

According to Brown, the two got a chance to get caught up on old times and a chance to talk about how the Tennessee football program is headed in the right direction.

"He has been telling me a lot about the program and the coaches on the staff," Brown said. "I can't wait to meet all of them. It sounds like a lot of fun there. For them to be 7-5 and a bowl game their first year is pretty impressive."

Brown committed to Orgeron and UT back in late summer, and he transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College earlier in the summer. Due to the 4-2-4 transfer rule, Brown has to spend a year of residency at the junior college before enrolling at UT.

"Nothing has really changed with my commitment to UT," Brown said. "Coach O doesn't like taking no for an answer. He has never given up on me."

During his stay at junior college it appears that Brown has gotten his previous academic issues under control.

"I had to leave Florida due to my grades," Brown said. "It was learning experience for me. My grades are straight right now."

Brown plans on taking his official visit to Rocky Top sometime after Christmas and is excited about meeting Coach Lane Kiffin during a home visit later this month or after the first of the year.

"I know Coach Kiffin is going to come see me," Brown said. "I'm just not sure when."

What did Orgeron have to say to Brown during their visit?

"A lot of good stuff," Brown said. "He is ready to get me up there. I'm ready to get up there also. I can't wait."

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