December 16, 2011

Brown: 'I'm here and I'm a Mountaineer'

Bridgeton (N.J) defensive lineman Christian Brown became the 27th commitment in the class of 2012 Friday afternoon, and the senior was very satisfied with his decision.

Brown visited West Virginia this past weekend and was impressed enough with the trip to call the Mountaineers his clear cut leader. And after sitting down and weighing his options, he called Head Coach Dana Holgorsen to give him the good news.

"He told me I made his day and he was proud," he said. "It seemed like he had a whole lot of exictement."

Brown, 6-foot-3, 292-pounds, also was obviously very excited to have his college selection out of the way, and can't wait to arrive in Morgantown.

"I'm very excited and I can't wait to see how the Orange Bowl goes and to get on that field and be a Mountaineer," he said.

Ever since he returned from the visit, Brown had been considering pledging to Holgorsen's program, and he finally reached the conclusion: why wait?

"I just got a good relationship with the coaches and I was like what's holding me off with committing? So I called the coaches and told them I'm ready to be a Mountaineer."

Defensive Line Coach Bill Kirelawich is the lead recruiter for Brown and the two bonded over the process. But during the visit, Brown had the chance to sit-down with him one-on-one and was very impressed with both his personality and his coaching style that he observed during one of the practices over the weekend.

"He's the type of coach I want to play behind and that's what made my mind up," he said.

The comfort level the defensive lineman had with both Morgantown, and the academic support provided also played a significant role.

"It's a whole different feel, but it feels like home. I like the facilities. I don't know what I'm going to major in right now, but I like how they've got the tutors set up and basically how they try to keep their players on their grades and on point with everything," he said.

Brown plans to enroll in June, and considers his commitment very solid. He currently has no plans to visit any other schools, and should have no issues qualifying.

Slated to begin his career at defensive tackle, or strongside defensive end, Brown is very excited about the possibility to get after the quarterback in the Mountaineers 3-3-5 stack defense.

Brown marks the fifth commitment from the Dec. 9 recruiting weekend, joining Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) safety Karl Joseph, Apopka (Fla.) safety Kimlon Dillon, Osseo (Mn.) tight end Will Johnson and Hallandale (Fla.) safety Sean Walters.

He selected the Mountaineers over offers from Illinois, North Carolina State, Minnesota, South Florida, Louisville, Indiana, Connecticut, Duke and Purdue, among others.

"I'm here and I'm a Mountaineer!" he exclaimed.

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