Shortened Visit

A two-way Ohio prospect had a late arrival for his unofficial visit to West Virginia, but his shortened visit was enough to put the Mountaineers at the top of his list when he schedules his official visits.

Jahmal Brown, a running back/defensive back at Benedictine High School in Cleveland, actually left his home an hour earlier than planned in order to allow plenty of time to make the trip, but unexpected bad weather caused several delays that led to a late arrival in Morgantown.

"We had a lot of snow and bad weather in Cleveland, and that delayed us," the polite, well-spoken Brown said, "so we didn't get to see everything I wanted to. What I saw, though, I liked a lot. I want to go back on an official visit so I can see everything."

Brown also is interested in Illinois, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and Toledo, and while he first said that all of those schools were pretty much even, he did allow that West Virginia would be at the top of the list were they to offer. That occurrence might not be long in coming, as WVU is evaluating the Ohio star's film.

"Coach Tall told me he liked my film a lot, and that he was passing it along to the other coaches for their evaluation," Brown said. (At West Virginia, a player's recruiting coordinator, potential position coach and head coach Rich Rodriguez must all approve a player before a scholarship is offered.) "He said the process was moving along, and that if the other coaches approved it I could get an offer soon,"

Brown certainly has the credentials to earn offers from top-level schools. As a junior, he rushed for 1859 yards and 21 touchdowns, while averaging 7.9 yards per carry, and recorded 105 tackles on defense, including five interceptions. This year, he gained more than 1300 yards and racked up another 20 scores on offense, and picked off two more passes from his safety spot. His performance has West Virginia, which always looks for players with potential at more than one position, intrigued.

"West Virginia first told me they were looking me on defense, but when I talked with Coach Tall recently he said they would be recruiting me as an athlete," said Brown. "I wouldn't have any problem playing defense if that is where I was offered, but I would like the chance to play offense and show what I can do. I like offense."

NOTES

  • Brown is now planning his official visits, and hopes to begin setting dates for those shortly. The five schools listed earlier are the most liked destinations for him over the next two months.

  • Benedictine finished the season with a 4-5 record and a first–round loss in the Ohio playoffs.

  • Brown is also a standout track performer for Benedictine, where he runs the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4x100 meter and 4x200 meter dashes.

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