Top WR Evaluates Options

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Concord (Wilmington, DE) wide receiver Justin Brown , one of the top overall prospects in the Northeast in this 2009 recruiting class, admits that certain schools have made more of a positive impression than others, but for now he is not disclosing a clear list of favorites. And he has yet to narrow a list of schools that includes offers from Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, N.C. State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.

“When I first started out, I started out with a clear mind,” Brown said of his decision making process. “I really haven’t narrowed my list, but some schools are showing a lot more attention than others right now. Some schools are mailing me a lot of handwritten letters and paying more attention.”

The 6-3, 205-pound prospect has academics at the top of his list of factors that will sway his recruitment. He is eyeing a concentration in Communications or Business. Football-wise, he is closely evaluating a program’s passing offense as well as the wide receiver depth chart. Location appears to be another factor as well.

“Location is a bonus,” Brown said. “Hopefully, I’ll get to stay close to home. I would like to see my family at my games. I was talking to Derrick Williams at Penn State and he said his decision came down to Penn State and Texas. In the end, he put everything aside and decided he wanted to see his family at his games. It would be a great thing.”

Penn State is one of five programs Brown has unofficially visited so far, joining Maryland, N.C. State, Rutgers and South Carolina. Brown enjoyed his time in Happy Valley.

“Penn State is definitely in the mix,” said Brown, whose mother attended Penn State. “The fan support there is crazy. When I went there, I tried to go incognito but a lot of fans knew who I was anyway. It is a great school and a great opportunity. Honestly, I’m trying to see if they throw the ball. They’ve been trying to get me to commit, but I want to see more this fall. Some schools say they will throw the ball, but we’ll see if they do or not.”

Brown recently made trips to N.C. State and South Carolina – trips he said “stood out” – and he was hoping to head to Virginia and Virginia Tech as well, but he had to postpone the latter two visits. As of now, both Commonwealth programs are in play and the talented rising senior plans to visit each program