DeKalb sophomore running back Dre Brown is quite used to competing against top-flight competition after taking part in a few top national camps during his freshman year, where he played against some of the top sophomores and juniors in the country.
In fact, Brown is approaching the point where he is the top-flight competition. He’ll head to elite camps put on by Rivals.com and ESPN in the Chicago area this month with hopes of adding to his list of scholarship offers, which already includes Illinois and Northern Illinois and soon could include Michigan State. Those camps will start off a busy summer.
“I’ll try to go and pick up some offers there,” Brown said. “After that, in June and July I’ll be going to some of the big college camps like Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State. Michigan State is the closest to offering me right now.”
For practically his entire high school career, college coaches have had their eyes on Brown. His highlight tape after his three-game freshman season garnered interest and led to several camp invites, and he was a regular at NIU practices during the spring of 2012, where he grew comfortable with the former coaching staff.
But the race for his services appears to be wide open.
Brown was offered by Illinois after his sophomore season, and Dave Doeren’s staff at NIU offered him shortly after. A Michigan State coach recently visited him at school, and Brown thinks an offer isn’t far off. He also made a visit to Indiana, where he saw a Hoosiers basketball game.
Two former NIU coaches appear to have their sights set on Brown. Minnesota has been on his list of potential destinations since early in his freshman season, and he plans on visiting Dave Doeren’s new digs at North Carolina State in the near future.
As far as NIU goes, Brown still is developing a relationship with the new coaching staff.
“They just got a new coaching staff, so I’m kind of waiting on them,” Brown said. “It’s definitely a big difference. I was really comfortable with old coaching staff. The new coaching staff came in, and the first time I came in was their first month on the job.”
All of this came after one full high school season, so Brown knows offers might come flooding in from around the country this season. He’s content to wait to make his final decision.
“Right now, I’m really open,” Brown said, “but it all depends on location, the campus life and academics, that’s my thing. I’m going to be there for four years, so I want to be comfortable.”