A strong visit last weekend can only help LSU as it tries to land Bryce Brown.
The highly touted tailback from Wichita (Kan.) East High School said he was impressed with the Tigers’ coaching staff and how they planned on using him in their offense, according to a Web site run by Brian Butler, a former rapper who is handling Brown’s recruitment.
As for LSU, Brown said he was impressed with the academic support it offers its athletes.
“This is the best academic center I’ve seen on all my visits,” Brown told potentialplayers.com.
LSU certainly treated Brown like the star prospect that he is, including a night on campus with quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Russell Shepherd.
“The meeting with Coach (Les) Miles went great, he talked about my skills and how he pictures me in the LSU program,” Brown said. “We discussed the success and the competition in the SEC and how they get their players ready for the next level.”
Brown, who visited Tennessee last month, also is considering Oregon and has taken official visits to Clemson and Missouri. His recruitment with Miami is a bit unclear. According to several media reports, the Hurricanes were prepared to end their recruitment of Brown when he refused to announce his decision within two weeks after National Signing Day. Brown’s brother, Arthur Brown, is a linebacker at Miami.
Many close to Brown’s recruitment think he will end up at Oregon, in part, because of the Ducks’ involvement with Nike. The potential promotion is thought to be appealing to Brown.
Brown has said he will sign his national letter of intent on March 16.
His decision could influence tailback David Oku, who was originally committed to UT. Oku has said he is willing to sign at the same school as Brown but others close to both recruitments think the two will end up at different schools.
Oku is considering UT, Auburn and Syracuse. He visited Auburn this past weekend.
Oku recently transferred from Carl Albert High in Midwest City, Okla., to Lincoln (Neb.) East.
He told the News Sentinel that he changed schools to improve his grade-point average. Yet, he’s told some other media that he made the move in order to be closer to his girlfriend, who is a University of Nebraska student.
Oku’s academic standing was never thought to be in question. He was only one class short of enrolling in college in January.
The move could certainly put the Cornhuskers in play to land Oku, who has offered no hint as to when he might sign his letter of intent.