Brown Comfortable With Coaches

Florida quarterback Jarrett Brown hadn't intended to make his college choice so quickly, but the rapport he built with West Virginia's coaches led him to verbally commit to the Mountaineers.

"I like being around them, and I think they felt the same about me," Brown said of the Mountaineer coaching staff. "I liked talking with them, and I just felt comfortable with them."

Brown, who visited West Virginia's football camp last month, put on an impressive show, firing accurate short balls and lofting deep passes downfield that were right on target.

Although it was his first trip to the WVU campus, he didn't feel as if he was under any pressure to perform.

"It wasn't like it was a tryout or anything," Brown told following an afternoon workout. "West Virginia had been down to watch me during our spring football practice, so they had seen me before."

Brown has been motivated by somewhat low rankings of him by several recruiting services, and has been working hard to show that his talent ranks with anyone in the country. He has been working to improve his strength and speed with a trainer, and credits "learning the little things" for some of his improvement.

"We've been working on footwork, and I am getting stronger and faster," Brown said.

Despite the perceived lack of attention, Brown was being recruited by a number of Big Ten schools as well as North Carolina State. He had recently said he might wait until after the season to commit, but changed his mind after his trip to WVU.

Brown also indicated that he felt like some other schools may have missed the boat on recruiting him.

"You could say that," Brown said when asked if he felt like the attention WVU showed him made him lean the Mountaineers' way. "I was looking at North Carolina State too, but I just built a great relationship with the coaches at WVU. I really liked everything I saw there."

Some of the things that Brown liked on his visit were the stadium renovations and additions, as well as the weight room in the Puskar Center.

"I liked the way it looks out at the field," the big quarterback observed.

Brown is also an accomplished basketball player who participates on an AAU team in the summer, as well as for Palm Beach Lakes during the school year. He said he has thought about playing both sports in college, and talked to both the WVU football and basketball coaches about doing so.

"They both said I could try it and see if I could do it, so I might do that," said Brown, who has one more AAU tournament this summer before returning his attention to football. "I'll play my senior season in high school and then see what happens."

Brown also indicated that the distance from his home to West Virginia is "no bother" and that again, the concern of the coaches for his welfare overrode any such possible issues.

"Coach (JaJuan) Seider told me that the coaches there will take care of me. They'll make sure I do my schoolwork and keep everything up."

Brown currently has a 2.4 GPA, and is planning to take the SATs again soon.

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