Brown to visit UT this weekend

National Signing Day has come and gone, but the Vols remain in play for another elite prospect in the class of 2009.

Running back Bryce Brown, the nation's top player according to Rivals.com, will visit Tennessee this weekend.

According to the Web site potentialplayers.com, which has been the only source for information on Brown's recruitment, Brown will take one more official visit the weekend of Feb. 28. Brown will decide between LSU, Miami and Southern California for his final visit.

Brown, a native of Wichita, Kan., rushed for more than 1,800 yards each of the last two seasons and combined for 52 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 215-pound running back initially committed to Miami last February, and the Hurricanes remain a possible destination.

Players have until April 1 to sign a national letter of intent, although Brown will announce his decision on March 12, according to potentialplayers.com.

The Vols are also in play for Oklahoma running back David Oku, who is choosing between UT, Auburn and Syracuse. Oku, rated the top multi-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com, initially committed to Tennessee.

Tennessee is also thought to be in the running for Orson Charles, the No. 9 receiver in the nation according to Rivals.com. Charles visited UT on Jan. 30, but has yet to sign a letter of intent.

UT already signed one prospect after National Signing Day, highly rated defensive back Janzen Jackson out of Louisiana.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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RichmondVol42 writes:

Boo-Yah.

SemperVol writes:

Drew.... 4th paragraph, last sentence... insert "remain" after 'Hurricanes'

RoyaltyVol writes:

Great news, get the smoke machines ready! *L*

iron_eyez7#227558 writes:

Excellent ! Maybe we can pick up a few of these guys!

WarriorVol writes:

Or proofread your work.

SemperVol writes:

in response to SemperVol:

Drew.... 4th paragraph, last sentence... insert "remain" after 'Hurricanes'

Also, Orson Charles is the Number 7 ranked WR according to rivals.com.

We already landed the No. 9..... Fleecy 'Keesey!!

TD_4_UT writes:

This could be one of the best players we could pick up since Jamal Lewis or it could be the worst since Kelly Washington. I hope these coaches evaluate this young man in a way that puts UT first. That being said I do hope we can land this kid, could put a nice stamp on this class.

Classof98 writes:

C'mon Junior, you can earn that paycheck if you bring this guy home!

WalkingClassic writes:

They reported this on third saturday in blogtober at least a week ago. Rivals says this guy is the best RB in the last five years! I would show the kid tapes of Reggie Bush and Heisman Trophy followed by when do you want to sign

tennesseebee writes:

You gotta say one thing for Kiffin, he has the product out on the shelf. These recruits will certainly have heard of the University of Tennessee.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

This could be one of the best players we could pick up since Jamal Lewis or it could be the worst since Kelly Washington. I hope these coaches evaluate this young man in a way that puts UT first. That being said I do hope we can land this kid, could put a nice stamp on this class.

Hope it's the first.
And is just me or has this kid's film reminded anybody else of Jamal. IMO, Brown runs alot like him and is built the same way.

Greyback_Vol writes:

Wonder if we're in pretty good shape with this kid? UT has secured a visit, and he is debating where he will take his other visit. Looks like a good sign.

WalkingClassic: I've heard Brown is pretty comparable to Bush actually. Word is he has moves and speed similar to Bush, but is also big enough to be effective between the tackles.

MrBamSeydu writes:

They are getting the paint ready for The Rock!!!

"Bryce Brown skip the CFL and play for CLK!!"

SemperVol writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

They are getting the paint ready for The Rock!!!

"Bryce Brown skip the CFL and play for CLK!!"

Better do it Friday afternoon and stand guard. Because, for all we know some airhead sorority girl will write:

"Happy Birthday [enter name], love ya girl... smooches"

vol88 writes:

make sure to keep the fog machine in the closet.

TD_4_UT writes:

If we are Lucky maybe ha has a dream he's in orange running over an around the rest of the SEC! GO VOLS!!!

StroVol writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Great news, get the smoke machines ready! *L*

That was funny as he..!

VOLINCALI writes:

Wow. This kid is no Reggie Bush although he does remind me of a Reggie, Cobb that is.

Check this out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW2EUb...

He runs like Cobb, Lewis and Webb(man I loved Webb). At 215 this kid is a beast.

jobrando#216494 writes:

This was on 3rd Saturday last week...KNS delayed any positive news for a week.

letshave1more writes:

No Gators fans have posted a comment yet? Shock and disbelief......

Gchild writes:

Either you can go to Miami and finish middle of the road in the worst BCS conference. Or you can go to USC and be behind 3 or 4 other 5* backs, or you can come to UT and put on the best looking helmet in the world and play from jump in the greatest Conference in football. This would be so enormous for our program. I hope we pull out all the stops for Bryce and his manager/agent.

StroVol writes:

in response to memphis_vol_fan:

Hope it's the first.
And is just me or has this kid's film reminded anybody else of Jamal. IMO, Brown runs alot like him and is built the same way.

He reminds me more of Jay Graham. All North and South

ROCKYTOP10ECVOL writes:

This weekend will be huge, this guy could play next year. IMMEDIATE IMPACT PLAYER

VOLINCALI writes:

When I was a freshman at UT Carl Pickens drove a gold Porshe 944, break the bank for this kid.

SemperVol writes:

in response to Gchild:

Either you can go to Miami and finish middle of the road in the worst BCS conference. Or you can go to USC and be behind 3 or 4 other 5* backs, or you can come to UT and put on the best looking helmet in the world and play from jump in the greatest Conference in football. This would be so enormous for our program. I hope we pull out all the stops for Bryce and his manager/agent.

I hope they gag that agent and throw him in the closet..

'Course that's probably some NCAA violation. "Off-ing" some kid's manager.... completely unfair if you ask me.

VOLINCALI writes:

in response to StroVol:

He reminds me more of Jay Graham. All North and South

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW2EUb...

I just watched this video, this kid has a little wiggle to him (Reggie Cobb).

1stBaseHelton writes:

It's funny that with all of the negative publicity lately the #1 recruit in the United States of America still wants to come for a visit! That says alot!!!!!!!!!!

TD_4_UT writes:

I wonder in a case like this do you recruit the agent or the kid?

dsmithshores#634713 writes:

Paint the Rock "What can Brown do for U T"

SemperVol writes:

in response to dsmithshores#634713:

Paint the Rock "What can Brown do for U T"

That, my friend, is brilliant.

lomas98 writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

This could be one of the best players we could pick up since Jamal Lewis or it could be the worst since Kelly Washington. I hope these coaches evaluate this young man in a way that puts UT first. That being said I do hope we can land this kid, could put a nice stamp on this class.

Is this coaching staff recruiting anyone to put UT first? I thought they were treating this as an NFL minor league system. Not sure what you mean with the comparison to Lewis and Washington. Both were fantastic their freshman seasons. Lewis had a scary injury his soph season that made him not as good his jr year, because he was worried about the NFL. Washington was more worried about the NFL after his injury too. If they keep piping the NFL angle at these kids, they will not put UT first. That is why I have said before that I am more worried about how many championships we win, not how many pros we have. Tebow may not make it in the pros, but who cares. This is college football and he has 2 rings already.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

"Brown will not see the UT campus or coaching staff. He will be hosted by the UT NCAA ompliance office, and all his converstaions will be videotaped. Becasue of NCAA rules, Brown will NOT be allowed to touch a football even if enrolled at UT; this would violate Section 23.4: Only 3 players in Division 1 may be named Bryce AND be a running back."

HotlantaVol writes:

in response to dsmithshores#634713:

Paint the Rock "What can Brown do for U T"

Or "What can Brown do for Orange?"

RoyaltyVol writes:

We could send over a moonshine jug from Newport personally from Popcorn Sutton with Brown's picture painted on it, maybe that would get him to sign!

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

"Brown will not see the UT campus or coaching staff. He will be hosted by the UT NCAA ompliance office, and all his converstaions will be videotaped. Becasue of NCAA rules, Brown will NOT be allowed to touch a football even if enrolled at UT; this would violate Section 23.4: Only 3 players in Division 1 may be named Bryce AND be a running back."

lol. Good one.

tums writes:

Come to Tennessee Mr. Brown. Help be the start of something great.

volfan_stuck_in_jersey writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

We could send over a moonshine jug from Newport personally from Popcorn Sutton with Brown's picture painted on it, maybe that would get him to sign!

NO!

But you can sent it to me and the other military guys here in Jersey, we will put it to good use.

volfan_stuck_in_jersey writes:

***send not sent

StroVol writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Any word on Oku?

HotlantaVol writes:

On the Rock - "Art 101: Brown mixed with Orange = GOLD!! Come to UT, Bryce, and get a Gold Ring or three!!"

TD_4_UT writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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If brown does commit to UT will he still be a VOL?

StroVol writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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hilarious, if he does become a Vol, I'm sending you your favorite beverage. You've never wavered

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to SemperVol:

I hope they gag that agent and throw him in the closet..

'Course that's probably some NCAA violation. "Off-ing" some kid's manager.... completely unfair if you ask me.

Not a violation in you do it in one the approved off-ing periods.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to dsmithshores#634713:

Paint the Rock "What can Brown do for U T"

Awesome. Do it!

MrKnoxville writes:

Pro-style back...big on U.S.C.'s offensive scheme (which we are going to run) and CLK, CEO, and Coach Chaney has promised him he will be utilized just like CLK utilized Reggie Bush.

Brown knows at U.S.C. he won't see much action for a couple of years but here...if he is as gifted as he seems then he would probably jump in front of our current RB's given he can learn the pass block schemes quick enough.

ggriggs939#223122 writes:

Based on comments on other blog sites, if appears the mouths of the other schools don't want Coach Kiffin to expose the tricks they use to lure recruits to their place.
Apparently what was OK to impress the recruits at usc and ole miss and most likely the other places is an ncaa violation in knoxville and the VOLS are being chastized by
their mouthpieces for reporting the ploys.
I have contended all along that the VOLS' having to adhere to so many different standards and answer to so many different sam spades was a major problem with successful recruiting. We are fortunate the University self-reported their actions because it would probably have gotten into The Congressional Record if the sentinel staff or other local media had found it first.

TxFatBoy writes:

in response to 1stBaseHelton:

It's funny that with all of the negative publicity lately the #1 recruit in the United States of America still wants to come for a visit! That says alot!!!!!!!!!!

Just goes to show that these young guys aren't put off by brash talk, they see it as someone not afraid to talk a little trash. It's the reporters that try to make this NEWS!

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to volfan_stuck_in_jersey:

NO!

But you can sent it to me and the other military guys here in Jersey, we will put it to good use.

Thank you for your service! Anyone serving their country in New Jersey deserves a great big THANK YOU! *L*

VolGraduate writes:

is it possible to get oku and brown? that would be sick

also, lets take a vote on the most annoying thing on this site. feel free to add to this list:

1) Gatorzz, DCflorida, 99Gator...
2) bama1234
3) the poor editing/editor
4) the anti kiffin/ut articles
5) "orange swarm"
6) nafslov and the "mbv wrecking" crew
7) religious and political remarks
8) workinlikeheck
9) dupree
10) midgets
11) the smell of cabbage

ctownvol writes:

in response to VolGraduate:

is it possible to get oku and brown? that would be sick

also, lets take a vote on the most annoying thing on this site. feel free to add to this list:

1) Gatorzz, DCflorida, 99Gator...
2) bama1234
3) the poor editing/editor
4) the anti kiffin/ut articles
5) "orange swarm"
6) nafslov and the "mbv wrecking" crew
7) religious and political remarks
8) workinlikeheck
9) dupree
10) midgets
11) the smell of cabbage

Shouldn't 10 and 11 be combined?

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