From a 10/31/02 interview:
Hermitage DE/TE Duane Brown has set two official visits for November…so who are the lucky schools?
“I’ve set up my officials to Virginia and Virginia Tech,” said Brown, who is recovering from a leg injury earlier in the season. “I will visit Virginia on November 16 [for the NC State game] and Virginia Tech on November 30 [for the UVa game].”
“Virginia and Virginia Tech are my top two, and they are pretty much equal.”
The 6-5, 250-pound Brown will visit both schools with a Hermitage teammate, wide receiver Fontel Mines. While they will visit both schools on the same dates, they are not necessarily a package deal.
“We’ve talked about going to the same school,” said Brown. “But basically we will go wherever we are most comfortable.”
Both the Hokies and Cavaliers have offered Brown, but the Cavaliers are recruiting him as an athlete who could play along the defensive line or tight end. According to Brown, it doesn’t really matter which position he plays in college.
“At the UVa camp, the coaches told me that they were impressed with me on both sides of the ball, so they are recruiting me as an athlete,” said Brown. “I like both positions equally though.”
Brown is busy recuperating from a broken leg earlier in the season. He has worked hard in physical therapy, and hopes to return for Hermitage’s final home game of the year versus Douglas Freeman – a game rescheduled because of the DC-area sniper incidents.
“[Physical Therapy] is going great,” said Brown. “I just got back from physical therapy and they said everything was impressive. I should be back in two weeks.”
Hermitage could certainly use the dynamic star as they enter the playoffs. They are undefeated this year with a 7-0 record, but Brown would be a major spark for the Panthers.
Other than the Cavaliers and Hokies, Brown has been receiving interest from Maryland and Tennessee. He hopes to decide possibly by December.
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