Pa. WR garnering wide interest

Aaron Brown has strong ties to Pittsburgh but other schools are in the mix

Aaron Brown's father, John, played tight end for the University of Pittsburgh football team from 1979-82. Aaron's uncle, Tom Brown, also graced the gridiron for Pitt, as a running back, and played two seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. This fall, Aaron's brother, John Jr., will begin his college career as a Panther offensive lineman.

"It's the family thing," Aaron's and John Jr.'s mother, Debbie Brown, said in a recent telephone interview. But Debbie Brown was referring to her family's acumen for playing football, not necessarily their tendency to do so for Pitt.

Aaron, Debbie said, loves Pitt, "but he's very open to see what else is out there."

So far, Aaron Brown, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back considered one of the top class of 2006 prospects in the state of Pennsylvania, has not been granted a scholarship offer. But the Lower Burrell, Pa., product (Burrell High School) is receiving mail from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Illinois, Akron, Syracuse, Miami (Fla.) and Maryland, among others.

"There definitely has been a lot of interest," Debbie Brown said.

According to the Associated Press, Aaron Brown caught 30 passes for 827 yards and nine touchdowns last fall. He also had 56 tackles, 11 interceptions and eight pass break-ups.

"He definitely made his mark on the football (field)," Debbie Brown said. "He's got great hands and he's got great jumping ability."

Though he is projected more as a wide receiver at the next level, Aaron Brown was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's All-Class AA first-team last fall as a defensive back. In February, the Tribune-Review named Brown one of the top 25 class of 2006 prospects in Western Pennsylvania.

Brown currently plans to attend summer football camps at Akron and Pitt.

A pitcher and center fielder at Burrell, Brown is also being recruited to play baseball in college. Kentucky and Duquesne are among the baseball programs that have contacted him.

"When he's playing baseball he's in love with baseball," Debbie Brown said. "When he's playing football he's in love with football. It's very hard (for him to choose). He just puts his heart into it."

"He's got so much going for him football-wise," she added. "We're waiting to see what happens."

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