August 5, 2008

Five-star receiver down to six

The recruiting process has already been a eventful one for one of the top wide receivers in the country. Memphis (Tenn.) Harding wide receiver Marlon Brown has picked up offers from some of the top programs coast to coast. Between a busy football workout schedule and basketball offseason, Brown has managed to methodically trim his list of schools little bit little. On Tuesday, Brown made another cut.

"I have a top six," Brown said. "It's USC, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and LSU. I based it on interest level from the school and team history."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder spoke about each of the schools that made his final list.

"USC, it's the powerhouse school for football," he said. "Tennessee, I'm from Memphis and when I was little I really enjoyed watching the Vols when I was little. Florida is the same as USC. It's a powerhouse football program and it has a good coach in Coach Meyer. Georgia is a young team and they've got a good team coming out the next two years. Ohio State has an amazing coach in Coach Tressell. LSU, they have a good coach and an amazing team."

As a three-star basketball prospect as well as a five-star football prospect, Brown has been taking both football and basketball into account with his decision making. However, on his most recent round of cuts, one sport took priority.

"I based this mostly on football," he said. "I still plan on going for both football and basketball."

To date, Brown has seen the campuses of Tennessee and USC, but hasn't had the chance to take in any of the other four finalists. He does hope to take all five of his official visits but hasn't scheduled anything to date.

"I'm probably going to take my official visits during the season and after the season," he said. "The next step is to take my five official visits and decide after that."

Brown said that there is a good chance that he won't make a decision until signing day but just the decision to cut things down to six was hard enough.

"The decision was real tough," he said. "It was the toughest decision I've ever had to make in my seventeen years."


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