Commitment Update: Mike Brown

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St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) is on a major undefeated streak – it boasts a 42-0 record during the regular season over the past 4 seasons. Running back/cornerback Mike Brown has been one of the key components in the streak.

The 5-9, 180-pound star, who was played for the varsity squad since his freshman year, credits the system that develops and gets the most out of its talent.

“We just have a good program,” Brown said. “The weight room is very important in what we do. We never drop off. Our coaches are great and they are adamant about the weight room program and summer workouts.”

Of course, it helps when you have 4-star players like Mike Brown . As evidenced by his statistics this year, Brown is extremely explosive on offense. He has 30 carries for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns in 8 games in 2004. Because St. Peter’s often dominates opponents, Brown consistently plays only one half in games.

Recruited as a cornerback on the next level, is there a chance Cavalier fans get to see Mr. Brown on offense during his UVa career?

“There was some talk about that, but right now defense is where they plan to put me,” Brown said. An excellent cornerback, Brown doesn’t see much action as opponents throw away from his side of the field. “I think that defensive back is where they need me the most right now. I’ll be prepared to play early” if UVa calls on him to play next year.

As is the case with a lot of top prospects, schools have not stopped recruiting Brown since he verballed to UVa. Is there any reason for UVa fans to worry about other schools?

“The majority of schools have stopped recruiting me, but there are a few schools that call every week,” Brown said. “One school is Penn State. They aren’t shy about it. I’m still the same though…I don’t think I want to take any other visits.”

Even with Brown solidly in the fold, UVa continues to recruit him as heavily as if he was an uncommitted target.

“Coach D’Onofrio calls me every week,” Brown said. The 2 have developed an excellent relationship. “He talks to me about when I’m coming to visit again. He talks about the program and what’s going on there. He talks to my family and asks how they are doing. Coach [Al] Groh called my coach [yesterday morning] to ask