Best Buddy

Another one of the many prospects Wisconsin running back coach Thomas Hammock has targeted on the East Coast, Williamstown (NJ) linebacker Buddy Brown holds the Badgers' scholarship offer in high regard.

MADISON - There are many tradition-rich college football programs in a small proximity on the East Coast that a young child could choose to be a fan of, but the family of Buddy Brown often preferred to tune in to Wisconsin, particularly to watch the skills and abilities of a certain New Jersey running back.

"I was always watching them because of Ron Dayne going to a high school not too far from here," Brown told Badger Nation. "My dad used to always tell me stories about how he was such a beast and we'd watch some of his classic games like the Rose Bowls. My best friend is one of his cousins, so we always talked and watched Wisconsin."

So when the Badgers extended Brown – a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker from Williamstown (NJ) HS - a scholarship offer in January, it understandably had an impact compared to Dayne running through an undersized would-be tackler.

"That offer means a lot because I grew up watching them," Brown said. "They are a real fun team to watch because they are an old school team where they run the ball with aggression. That's why I think they are so good. They have a lot of fans around here, so it means a lot."

Being recruited by running back coach Thomas Hammock since last April, Brown finished his junior season with approximately 84 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles and three pass deflections. Brown has enough interest and intrigued in the Badgers that he plans to make a campus visit before the start of his senior season.

"He's real cool," Brown said of Hammock. "I have a real good relationship with him. I am really excited to go out there and see the school and the campus."

Since the beginning of the month, Mississippi State, North Carolina and South Florida have all offered Brown, who has gotten local interest and interest from as far west as Idaho and has seen his offer list rise to over 13.

"It's definitely excited to get a full scholarship anywhere and it's an honor," said Brown. "For a school to believe in me that much to think that I can help them take their program to the next level is just an honor. North, south, east, west, it doesn't matter because it's special."

Brown said Wisconsin, Penn State and Rutgers are recruiting him as a linebacker while other schools - Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia – are looking at him more as a safety. Brown has no preference and no timetable, as he simply wants to find what school could make him a standout player like the one he watched growing up.

"I think I could play either position well, it just depends on what weight (the coaches) want me to play at," said Brown. "I could play comfortably between 225 and 245 pounds and still be able to run around and cover and make tackles in front of me. I like to play defense, so wherever I fit."

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