UCLA on Midwest Safety

Segio Brown is the #8-ranked safety prospect in the country, with over 22 scholarship offers from coast to coast. the 6-1, 195-pounder from Illinois has a couple of favorites and some ideas about who he wants to visit officially...

Recently named the #8 ranked safety in the class of 2006, Maywood (Ill.) Proviso East free safety Sergio Brown (6-1, 195) has 22 scholarship offers thus far.

"My favorite schools are Illinois, Nebraska, UCLA, Iowa and New Mexico, from my offers, and Notre Dame too," said Brown. "Notre Dame and Illinois are probably my two favorites."

Illinois, under new coach Ron Zook, has Brown's interest because of the proximity to home. "It's the local school and I like the coaching staff there. Notre Dame, I mean it's Notre Dame. They said they'd offer me when they get my academic stuff squared away," said Brown.

This spring, Brown attended the Nike Camp at Michigan, where he clocked a 4.5 forty, jumped 38 inches and ran a 4.25 shuttle. It was the lone camp he attended.

Brown said he wouldn't be making a hasty decision.

"Oh I definitely want to take some visits, then I'll decide. UCLA is one of those schools I want to check out. I've never been there, I'm kind of a Midwest guy, so I want to see what the West Coast is like and if I could go to school there. They have a good program, so I want to see if it's for me," Brown said. "My mom kind of wants me to stay close, it'd be better for her, but she said it doesn't really matter where I go as long as I get a good education."

Also playing receiver and kick returner for Proviso East, Brown said he is undoubtedly a defensive back. "I'll play receiver for my team and I'd like to return kicks in college, but I'm a free safety," said Brown.

During his outstanding junior season, in which he was the league Player of the Year, Brown had 65 tackles, 6 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Most impressive, though, were the 6 defensive touchdowns he scored, 5 coming via interception and one on a fumble recovery.

Academically, Brown has a 3.1 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT, on track to qualify easily.

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