Season Focus

A speedy southern wide receiver that can get away from just about any coverage scheme is also able to separate the hectic pace of recruiting from his upcoming senior season.

Cheraw, S.C.'s Jaron Brown has taken a number of unofficial visits this summer, but is focusing on preparations for his senior season for the next couple of weeks.

"We start practice on Friday, so I am really concentrating on just getting ready for the season. We've been getting in the weight room and doing everything we need to do to get ready," said the Palmetto State standout. "It hasn't been hard to deal with both recruiting and my senior season, but I am trying to focus more on high school and put aside the recruiting for just a little while. I think we can win the state championship."

That's doesn't mean, however, that Brown has totally put college on the back burner. He has already decided on four official visits, with a candidate for the fifth.

"I am definitely planning a visit to West Virginia, but I haven't set the dates yet," said Brown, who anticipates no trouble in getting back to WVU's campus after an unofficial trip earlier this year. "I'll also probably visit South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee. Vanderbilt could be a possibility, too. Those are pretty much my top five right now."

As for the Mountaineers, Brown already got a good feeling for the program on the aforementioned trip, and is looking forward to seeing the campus again.

"I like the whole atmosphere there," he said. "It is sort of like my hometown, where everyone speaks to you on the street. And the whole place has a football atmosphere, too. I got a chance to meet with the players and the coaching staff, including the receivers coach, and it all just felt like a good fit to me."

West Virginia will have to defeat strong challenges from South Carolina and Tennessee, but appears to be positioned as well as any school to snare the playmaker's services. Although Cheraw doesn't throw the ball much, Brown makes the most of the chances he does get.

"I think [recruiters] saw in the championship game my sophomore year, when I caught a touchdown pass, that I could get open," Brown said of the recruiting process. Since then, I have gone to as many camps as I can, and that got my name out there, too."

On the field, whether in games or at camps and combines, Brown stands out with his ability to get open and turn completions into big plays. He has excellent separation speed, and is difficult to track down once he catches the ball. Although he readily admits to those strengths, he also doesn't rest on them.

"Since we don't throw the ball much, I probably need to work on my route running," said the well-spoken Brown, who clearly works hard at his craft. "I am working on everything I can for the upcoming season."

NOTES

Brown plans on taking all five of his official visits before making his decision, so it will likely be at least partway through the season before he makes his college choice.

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Checking in at six feet, three inches and 184 pounds, Brown has turned in personal bests of 4.39 on the track and 4.44 on grass in the 40-yard dash.


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