The 6-foo-3, 270-pound Brown wanted to his mom to see the school and meet the coaches, and after doing so Saturday, he committed to the Hokies at the end of a visit.
"I guess the third time was the charm," Brown said. "The first time I came here, it was for a camp. The second time I was there, I visited on the way home from vacation, and the third time I brought my mom with me. She was very pleased. She got all her questions answered.
"I guess I was just waiting for my mom to approve, and she finally approved."
Brown's mom traveled to Blacksburg (Va.) with a list of questions, and she went through all of them.
"She was mostly wondering about all the academics support and academic services, and how well the coaches looked out for each other and the students," Brown said. "She got that feel about it. She came in with a list of about 100 questions. She was taking notes the whole time, she asked questions of everyone on the staff, and she was pleased by the outcome."
The Hokies recruited Brown as a guard, and he believes he can fit in quickly and well to the style of offense the Hokies will run. He also got along with offensive line coach Vince Vice.
"When coach Vice took us into the offensive line film room and watched (the offense), it's really kind of the same stuff I do," Brown said. "It's the stuff I've been working on my whole life, and he breaks it own and makes stuff simple. From the scheme, I feel like you can build on technique and get better."