Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Milan's Brown sees a lot to love at Arkansas
Milan (Tenn.) High School defensive back Anthony Brown (6-2, 195) was expected to be impressed by Arkansas on his official visit and that’s exactly what happened.
"The visit was great,” Brown said. “I saw a lot of stuff. The coaching staff is tremendous, the strength and conditioning program is tremendous. From my point of view, everything looked good. I saw a lot of stuff that's pulling me in. I liked it, I liked it a lot.”
He was surprised by the area.
”Really the campus tour,” Brown said of a highlight. “I didn't know Arkansas was really like that. The campus was beautiful, it's tremendous."
Brown, a three-star prospect per 247sports, is a big fan of Arkansas secondary coach Sam Carter.
"That's my guy, man,” Brown said. “Best DB coach, hands down, regardless of SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, he's the best around, for sure.”
Brown’s host this weekend was Arkansas standout safety Jalen Catalon.
“My host was Cat,” Brown said. “Tremendous host, tremendous player, on and off the field. He's a real big brother. They're recruiting me to play Cat's position, middle field safety."
Milan head coach Carl Diffee, who coached Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson at Sardis (Miss.) North Panola, compares Brown with Catalon.
"It's a big expectation to live up to, for sure,” Brown said. “He's done a lot that most people can't do in their whole career, so those are some big shoes to fill.”
Brown had 55 tackles, 11 tackles for lost yardage, 1 sack and 2 interceptions last season. He also recorded 942 yards rushing, 329 receiving, 242 yards passing and had a hand in 25 touchdowns on offense.
Brown has plans to commit to a school before the summer is over and also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Indiana, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Illinois and others.
"I'm here, so that's big for me,” Brown said. “I’m going to commit on July 29 with my other brother. I'm going to stay solid with that date.”
Brown does plan to take at least a couple of other visits.
"I've got a couple more. I might take a couple of unofficial visits,” Brown said. “I'll probably take three this summer, save two for the season and take a bunch of unofficial visits."
Arkansas has now set the bar.
"We've been tight. We've been like that,” Brown said. “It only went up.”
Brown was among seven official visitors this weekend as the more than year-long dead period ended June 1.
Arkansas currently has Ten commitments in its 13th nationally by 247 Sports composite rankings.
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