December 9, 2008

Brown warms up to cold Fort Collins

A visit to Fort Collins and Colorado State University may have moved up the college decision timeline for St. Petersburg (Fla.) defensive tackle Te' Jay Brown. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Brown enjoyed his visit and said he may cancel his other scheduled visit - a trip to Charleston Southern in January.

"It was good, real good. I am talking to my mom right now about it, comparing the likes and dislikes," Brown said about 20 minutes after getting home from Fort Collins, Sunday. "I really did enjoy it. Now, me and my mom have to talk about what it best school-wise and football wise. I am going to take a couple days to think about it because Coach (CSU defensive line coach Pat) Meyer is going to come see me."

Coach Meyer and Coach Fairchild were scheduled to be in St. Petersburg on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-2 and 260 pound defensive tackle collected 75 tackles and 10 sacks this year, but he has never tackled snow until Friday. While the snow didn't scare him away, he had a good time with his host, defensive linemen Eugene Daniels and Cory Macon. He also said an evening around campus was among the highlights of the visit.

"The first day we came in and they took us to go eat and we met all the coaches and players at this big dinner," Brown said. "Then we went with our host and they took us around campus to meet some people to get some perspective. I went back to my hotel, got some sleep. On Saturday they showed us the basketball area, the practice fields, library and we met with our position coach and talked to them. After that, we went to practice and went to eat again."

"On Sunday we got breakfast and met Coach Fairchild and I got on my flight and came home. It was pretty good, it was pretty nice."

Brown added he liked the community of Fort Collins as well as the improvements that are going on around campus to both the athletic facilities as well as the school itself.

"Y'all got a lot of nice improvements coming," Brown said. "I am also talking to Indiana and I like CSU better than them because they are getting better (from a football perspective), whereas Indiana is sort of leveling off."

Colorado State is currently Brown's only scholarship offer, although he is hearing from Louisville, Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, UConn and Grambling. Brown said he had one more visit on his schedule, which may or may not happen - the trip to Charleston Southern on Jan. 16.

"I don't know if I will be taking that one," Brown said. "I might make up my mind by then. I really liked the school, a whole lot. I think it would be a good fit for me."



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