Hampton, Virginia star defensive back Phillip Brown is taking his time in the recruiting process. He wants to be sure he is comfortable with the school where he will choose to spend his college career.
“I’m taking my time and I’m going to make sure I choose the right school.” Brown said. “This summer, I was going to UVa camp but right now I’ve got tendonitis so I’m trying to heal this, lift weights, and get back to where I should be. I want to come together with my team too. After the season, I’ll set all the visits and make as many as possible. Then I can decide.”
Right now, Brown has a host of schools recruiting him. “Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, N.C. State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, the University of Richmond, and quite a few others are recruiting me,” Brown reported. As for offers, Brown has received offers from many of the top programs in the country early in his recruitment. “Tech, UVa, Maryland, Pitt, N.C. State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Tennessee, and I think Indiana have offered me.”
While he is being recruited by a large number of colleges and universities throughout the nation, Brown has three that stand out above the rest. “Virginia Tech, N.C. State, and UVa are my top three,” Brown noted.
When asked about each of those schools, Brown offered up different positives for each school. “Tech…I went down to the Gator Bowl and the coaching staff and players sent me good vibes,” Brown said. "They have a nice program. They’re honest with you and that’s what I like in a school.”
“They are recruiting me as defensive back and after looking at film, Coach Cav tells me I can do offense, defense, or special teams and that I’m not limited so I can move if defensive back isn’t my thing."
As for UVa, Brown likes the Cavalier’s new staff. “I like Virginia’s coaching staff too with Al Groh and Coach London. They have a lot of fire. I’m looking at programs that’ll make me better, faster, and stronger, and this is one of the schools that can do that.”
Finally, Brown commented on Chuck Amato’s North Carolina State team. “N.C. State is close to home and I like the way the Wolfpack plays defensive,” Brown continued. “They have a nice program.”
While he has no set visits or camps at this point in the summer, he is working hard with the weights and is trying to improve his game all-around. “Part of our success last year was good leadership,” Brown told VT Insider. “I had a good season last year, but this is my senior year and I want to do ten times better this year. I want to work hard and be a good leader. I don’t want people to just say: 'He’s a good football player.' I want people to say 'He’s a leader and he led his team to a state championship.'”
With an improving 275 bench, a 4.33 40 time, and a 28’ vertical leap, it’s obvious that Brown is a great athlete. Throw in the fact that he’s working to be a leader on and off the field and the fact that he is a quality individual and it is no wonder that the likes of Virginia Tech, Virginia, N.C. State, Tennessee, and others are after him.
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