July 1, 2013

Status quo for Brown?

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Hardee Senior (Wauchula, Fla.) defensive end Keyon Brown named Georgia his leader just over a month ago without ever having a chance to see the campus.

The four-star prospect made his first visit to Athens in a Saturday to Monday trip this past weekend, and according to him, everything went as well as he expected."

"It was great," Brown said of his first visit to UGA. "I had a great time with the coaches and the players. The facilities were nice. I enjoyed everything about it. It was really cool because it was my first time and they just answered all my questions."

Coming into the visit the Bulldogs were in great shape for Brown. But where do the Bulldogs stand now that he has had a chance to see the campus and talk it over with his family?

"Georgia is definitely still my leader," he said. "Now that I actually have seen Georgia it is going to be a lot harder for other schools to get that top spot from them. It changed things as in a good thing for Georgia. I could definitely see myself playing at Georgia."

Brown spent time with sophomore outside linebacker James Deloach and had what he called a "great" one-on-one conversation with head coach Mark Richt.

According to the Sunshine State pass rusher, the highlight of the trip was his film session with the Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

"I really liked sitting down with Coach Grantham," Brown said. He showed me film and showed me how they want to use me and how I will fit into their defense. That was pretty awesome. I like it because you can tell he knows what he is talking about. He is a great coach. Some of the things I already knew, but he showed me some new things and he showed me a lot of stuff that I liked."

Brown's parents, girlfriend, brother, aunt and uncle made the trip with him, and he says that everyone had the same things to say about what they saw in the Classic City.

"My dad and mom really liked it," Brown said. "My girlfriend really liked it there. Everybody felt the same about it. Everybody liked it and they felt like it is a great fit for me."

With Georgia leading going into the visit, many in Dawg Nation were hoping that the Rivals100 prospect would pull the trigger and join UGA's 2014 class while on campus.

That didn't happen, but Brown admits that it crossed his mind.

"Of course I considered it," Brown laughed. "I thought about it. Georgia is still my No. 1, but I want to see how things play out. I really liked it and I know I will be back soon. I will at least be back for an official visit during the season so I know I'll be coming back up there soon."

Georgia may currently occupy the catbird seat in Brown's recruitment, but two in-state schools are also vying for the blue chipper's signature.

"My top three are Georgia, Florida State, and Miami," he said. "I really like Florida State because of coach (Odell) Haggins. He is from where I am from and he is a great guy. I like him a lot. With Miami, they were my first offer and I have a great relationship with that coaching staff so that is why they are in there. Clemson is No. 4 for me and No. 5 would probably be Tennessee."

As far as visiting schools in the immediate future or making a decision, Brown hasn't come to a conclusion on how things will go down going forward.

"I'm not sure to be honest," Brown said. "I'm just going to let things play out and take it slow."

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