Brown Visits UCLA's Practice

The defensive tackle recruiting target from Long Beach Poly, Kevin Brown, makes the drive to Thousand Oaks and talks about his recruiting...

Kevin Brown, 6-2, 290, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, made his first appearance at UCLA fall practice Thursday, despite the fact that UCLA coaches couldn't talk to him. NCAA rules dictate that coaches can't talk to a prospect if the coaches are off-campus, which they are while practicing at Cal Lutheran.

At practice, Brown said he has a firm list of five schools that he's considering, and has a leader.

"Right now it's Michigan," Brown said. "UCLA is second right now. And then there's Florida State, Oregon and UNLV."

Brown said Michigan leads because he came away impressed when he visited their camp this summer and he likes their tradition as a lineman school. Michigan, though, has yet to offer Brown. He said since he played mostly offensive line as a junior, Michigan has indicated they wanted to wait until his senior year and see him play defensive line before possibly offering him a scholarship.

With Michigan and UCLA as his top two, you might think it would come down to whether he wants to stay close to home or is ultimately okay with going away to school. "Some of it is that. But I'm going to go where I'm comfortable. The distance wouldn't matter that much. I'm going to spend four years there so I want it to be the best place for me, even if it's far away."

Would those top five be the schools that he would visit officially? "No, probably not. I actually wouldn't trip to UCLA or USC because they're so close I can just go over there anytime. I want to use my trips to go around the country."

Brown said the coaching staff is an important factor in his decision. "I want to feel like they're going to help me improve," he said. A chance at early playing time isn't a big factor for him however. "If I have to redshirt that's fine. It will only help me improve."

Brown said he has a 2.6 GPA and scored a 900 on his SAT.

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