Bruins Check Out Inland Empire QB

Derrick Brown, the 6-3, 233-pounder from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta, is one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in Southern California, and with UCLA showing interest in him, the interest is reciprocated...

Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta quarterback Derrick Brown (6-3, 233) is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Southern California.

After leading the Broncos to the CIF-SS Inland Division finals and a 13-1 record, Brown is starting to get attention from several colleges, with one school having offered.

"I got my first offer from San Diego State. Coach (Rocky) Long at San Diego State is who's recruiting me and he offered me," said Brown.

Several more schools are keeping a close watch on him.

"I've been talking to a lot more schools, but they haven't said a lot about offering," said Brown. "I've talked with Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Arizona State and Arizona and a lot more."

Brown said that last week, Arizona, Arizona State and USC all came by the school with Oregon, Colorado, UCLA and Notre Dame all expected by later this spring.

"Oregon and Colorado said they really liked me and they just want to watch me throw some more," said Brown.

Brown said he's got five schools that he's favoring in the early going.

"My top five would have to be USC, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama and Notre Dame," said Brown. "But I'm pretty wide open."

Brown is also in no rush to decide.

"I want to go through the process and take visits, and probably make my decision after the season," said Brown.

He plans to hit at least three camps this summer, at San Diego State, USC and Arizona State but said more could be attended.

Last fall, Brown threw for 1,886 yards on 122-of-225 passing, with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He ran for 913 yards and 15 touchdowns. A heartbreaking loss in the CIF-SS finals to Temecula Chaparral kept the Broncos from winning the title and earning a likely spot in the CIF State D-I title game.

"We're thinking about it all the time and it's motivating us this offseason," said Brown.

Academically, Brown has a 2.7 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.

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