When Tennessee announced Lane Kiffin as the next head coach many began to speculate on when he would hit the recruiting road. Coach Kiffin did not waste any time getting in touch with the state's top prospect and number three wide receiver nationwide Marlon Brown. The Volunteers have been in the hunt for Brown for a very long time. In his first speech as head coach of the Volunteers, Kiffin said he would throw a fence up around the state. Well it didn't take long for him to prove he will try to throw up that fence.
Brown reported on his first reaction to Coach Kiffin he said, "He was honest with me about everything." He went on to say of to say of their conversation, "We talked about me personally as a player. He told me that he was impressed with my skills."
"He runs an amazing offense." commented Brown on Coach Kiffin's offensive schemes. He added, "He said I would be the outside receiver."
One aspect that many think will help Kiffin in recruiting is his ties to the NFL. Brown happens to agree that even the limited time in the NFL is a big deal. When asked if it helps in recruiting that Kiffin had coached in the NFL he said, "It does definitely."
Another quality that really stuck to Brown was Coach Kiffin's age. He explained, "I like that he is young a lot and he was honest with me."
The Volunteers have been in the race for Brown for over a year and remain with four other schools. As far as any chance that Brown will make his commitment to Tennessee now or anyone before signing day he quickly responded, "No, not at all. I am going to commit on signing day."
Currently Brown lists Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU as the schools he is considering. He commented, "I am going to Florida on the tenth of January." He will have taken visits to all the schools before signing day and will make his last visit to Tennessee.
The visit by Coach Kiffin has definitely helped the Volunteers impress the talented wide receiver. The efforts put forth by the staff plus their ability to be his last visit may provide to be an impact in his decision.