Heading in to his trip to Oregon this past weekend, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne defensive back Jeff Brown was all set to be a Duck. Oregon had offered him in writing a few weeks back and assuming the trip went well, there was no doubt he would commit to his ‘dream school’ before heading home. Just went wrong?
“The trip was incredible,” Brown said. “If I can sum it up in one word, it would be ‘excellent.’ That describes everything that went on there. The family atmosphere and the passion that the people in Eugene have for the football program was incredible. I mean everywhere we went, all we saw was people wearing green and gold. Even the mail boxes were painted green and gold.
“Another thing that really stood out to me was how close the players and coaches seem to be. Coach Bellotti only lives three miles away from the school and he was saying all the coaches live close by so if the players ever need them for anything, they’re right there. All the recruits really bonded as well. Jerome (Boyd) was my roommate and we talked about being the future safety tandem there. My dad came with me and he loved it too, everything was perfect and I was ready to commit.
“Then Sunday, Coach Bellotti called me in to his office and said I was on the waiting list right now. He said they’re only taking two safeties and I’m No. 3 right now. Jerome and Kwame (Agyeman) are their top two. He said if either of those two guys goes elsewhere, I would be offered. I appreciated his honestly, but at the same time, it kind of took the air out of me a little. It made me think why they even offered me in the first place if they weren’t ready to take my commitment.
“It’s cool though, I’m just leaving everything in Gods hands and He’ll take care of everything for me. If it was meant to be, it will happen for me. I have a trip to Arizona State this weekend and Arizona just called tonight and they want to set up a visit as well. I also have a trip set with San Jose State and I’m going to take that visit no matter what. They were the first school to offer me and have been loyal to me this whole time. Even if Oregon comes back and offers me, I’ll have to wait to decide until after that visit to San Jose State because I owe it to them to make that visit.”
Brown, 6-2, 190 pounds has already visited UNLV back in early December and said the visit to Arizona will likely be (Jan. 30) if he indeed takes it. The hard hitting safety said Oregon is still his top school and will be watching intently to see what happens with Boyd and Agyeman.