Two days ago, St. Peters Prep (NJ) cornerback Mike Brown became the 18th player to commit to the University of Virginia. The 5-9, 190 pound Brown is a phenomenal athlete. He ran a 4.31 in the 40 yard dash during the Nike Combine held in San Diego earlier this year. He also boasts a 42-inch vertical leap.
I caught up with Mike last night for a few comments on his verbal commitment to UVa. He chose the Cavaliers over offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Maryland, and Tennessee among others.
Why did you choose UVa?
“When I sat down and thought about it, there were too many pluses about Virginia for me to overlook. They have an awesome balance of athletics and education (Brown wants to major in Criminal Justice). They also had the perfect plan for my future in the program.”
What plan does UVa have for you?
“They see me as a shut down corner for the first few years in the program. Down the road, they want to work me into some offensive schemes.”
Earlier you had mentioned possibly wanting to make some official visits before deciding. Why did you decide to commit early?
“There were two reasons I committed early. One was so I could have freedom during the season academically and socially. The second reason was that if I waited too long, they might fill up! I didn’t want to lose my spot.”
Do you think you will make visits to other schools?
“No, I don’t think I’ll take anymore visits.”
How do you think UVa has been able to be so successful in the state of New Jersey?
“Some of it is Coach D’Onofrio. Coach D’Onofrio is a Jersey guy. He started great relationships with a lot of New Jersey players when he was at Rutgers and just carried them over with him to UVa. He’s a pretty good guy. Coach [Al] Groh is a Jersey guy also.”
What are your thoughts on UVa’s 2005 class and the direction of the program?
“Hopefully the class wraps up with four and five star players. If that happens, I feel we would definitely be able to compete for a National Championship.”
Are you going to do some recruiting for UVa like your friend Eugene Monroe is doing?
“If I can I will. I feel as though other players need to go their own way though.”
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