Saturday is going to go down as one of the most important days of Andrew Brown‘s life. The five-star (according to 247Sports) defensive tackle from Chesapeake, Va. is going to make his much-anticipated announcement of where he will be spending the next few years of his life receiving his education and playing college football.
Now with the talents of someone like Brown, you would expect that guessing his destination would be simple. With schools on his long offer list such as the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida State Seminoles, two schools that have been clearing house on the 2014 recruiting trail, you could easily maybe pinpoint one of those two as favorites to grab the coveted commitment from Brown.
Well, you’d be guessing wrong.
With Brown recently revealing to 247Sports that he has eliminated the Tide and the ‘Noles from his list, that opened up the door for some lucky, unexpected program to hit the defensive jackpot by landing the player whom many consider the top DT in the country.
What many people are also strongly considering is that, tomorrow, Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers will indeed be that program.
Virginia already has a 2014 class with eight members, and Brown could become the ninth. Building upon a strong relationship with primary recruiter Anthony Poindexter as well as London, the Cavs have thoroughly impressed the 6-4, 280-pounder. Citing the strict way London runs his program, coupled with academic interests, Charlottesville seems to have caught the young man’s eye.
Brown is a unique talent. He’s amazingly quick off the ball for someone that carries his size, and calling him versatile would be an understatement. The plethora of mobile quarterbacks taking over the football world shouldn’t pose an issue for him, as he has consistently shown how effective he can be chasing them down in the backfield. Scheme isn’t an issue neither. He can play inside in the 4-3 or outside in the 3-4, it doesn’t matter. He certainly seems to back up all the hype that has been thrust upon him.
Tomorrow afternoon at a cookout surrounded by family members, Brown will announce this life-changing decision. When he does, will the Virginia Cavaliers have proven to shock everyone by stealing one of the best players in the country from the rest of the “big boys?”