January 14, 2010

Brown has a different plan

There has been a lot of good news from Cincinnati athlete Dominique Brown. Brown was named to the Rivals 250 and given a fourth star on Thursday afternoon just a few days after getting back new test scores that will allow him a great breadth of school options. After Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly stepped down to take the Notre Dame job, Brown opened his recruiting back up and several top programs including Georgia Tech are after the talented athlete.

"I am very happy to hear about the final rivals rankings and where I ended up," he said. "I have a lot of schools after me now including Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Louisville, Hawaii, Cincinnati and even West Virginia. Most schools are looking at me as a receiver, but Georgia Tech wants me as a quarterback."

Unlike most prospects, Brown will not sign on signing day. The six-foot-three 203-pound athlete is busy on the hardwood playing basketball and cannot take many official visits, so he is pushing back his signing.

"I am going to Cincinnati next weekend, but I had to push back my other official visits. I am going to Ohio State on Feb. 5 and I am scheduling a visit to Georgia Tech around that time as well. I had to move stuff around because of the crazy basketball schedule. We have played like five games in the last week, so I will not be signing anywhere on the third. I plan to take officials to Georgia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State and Hawaii."

Brown has played quarterback for most of his career and he has closely followed the Yellow Jackets since head coach Paul Johnson installed his triple option offense.

"I want to play quarterback in college. My high school coach told me I can win a national championship at Georgia Tech if I go there and run their offense when Josh Nesbitt leaves," Brown said. "Nesbitt is a good quarterback and he graduates soon, so maybe I can replace him. The Tech coaches are coming up here on Monday or Tuesday so I will sit down and talk things over with them."

The Yellow Jackets and Buckeyes held back on recruiting Brown because his ACT score was quite high enough to get into either school, but after working hard in the classroom, he finally has a good enough score to get serious looks from both programs.

"At first my test scores were holding me back and kept a lot of teams from offering or getting really interested," Brown said. "The Tech coaches told me if I got my grades up they would want me there and I finally got a good number so I am really excited about my options."

In most other programs Brown is being looked at as a flanker or slot receiver and that is a position he will seriously consider if he feels like the program is right and he can make a difference.

"My preference would be to play quarterback, but at Ohio State for example teams want me as a slot receiver. Terrelle Pryor is a great quarterback and I want to get on the field my freshman year, so I am okay with playing receiver if it gets me on the field."

Over the next month, Brown plans to visit all of those programs and then make a decision on his own timetable.

"We will see how this goes. I think once I get on some of these campuses the offers will come and I will have a tough decision to make," he said.

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