DeKALB – The biggest push is done in Dre Brown's college recruitment.
The DeKalb junior running back already made a name for himself with camps and combines last winter and summer. He had a standout season for DeKalb, rushing for 1,469 yards and 18 touchdowns to help lead DeKalb to only its third playoff bid since 1989.
Brown ranks as the No. 37 running back in the nation for his class on Rivals.com, which gave him a three-star rating, and now, he said he's “relaxing more” as offers and interest continue to roll in. He said the latest schools to join the mix in Brown's recruitment include traditional powerhouses Oregon, California, Tennessee, and Boston College.
“It's pretty cool, just being from DeKalb and all, getting letters from Oregon, it just humbles me a lot every day,” Brown said.
Brown visited Wisconsin, Missouri, Purdue and Illinois during football season, and Iowa also joined in on his recruitment. He said Boston College and Purdue are on the verge of offering him scholarships to add to offers from Illinois, Northern Illinois, Kent State and Toledo.
Last year, Brown took the winter to participate in high-profile combines, and to work on football-specific skills. After picking up several offers and plenty of interest this year, he decided to play basketball, where he's served as an important reserve player early in the season.
Brown said he'd love to play near home, where his family can watch him play, and he has plenty of options to do so. But the allure of top national schools certainly has him looking around the country.
Brown expects offers to pick up after this year's National Signing Day on Feb. 5, when 2014 recruiting classes are complete. Then, he hopes to finally complete a recruiting process that's been two years in the making before two-a-day practices start for DeKalb late next summer.
“I'll go to like two camps in the spring, but that's just the camps to go to the national camps. I'm not going to any more college camps,” he said. “I'm kind of narrowing it down, just picking at it a little bit. I'm just excited to see what comes up in the spring.”