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The recruiting process wasn't too difficult to navigate for Wauchula (Fla.) Hardee defensive end Keyon Brown. Brown was simply looking for a home away from home with a small town college feel. So when he announced his top three of Florida State, Georgia, and Miami it was UGA that immediately fit the bill. Athens is one of the best college towns in the southeast and Brown said being on campus made him feel like he was back home.
"I'm from a small country town," stated Brown. "Athens is a lot like home for me. Plus I connected with Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Todd) Grantham. They treated me well when I got there and I felt like home. I enjoyed it and that is what sold me."
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The 'Dawgs had been a leader for Brown for sometime, but he choose not to make a public commitment until yesterday's announcement. When he announced yesterday it gave UGA five players in the 2014 class committed from Florida.
"Well I had been committed for three months," noted Brown. "I went back for the North Texas game to see how if I felt the same and I did, I even felt better. I actually wanted to commit on my birthday this Saturday, but my coach and I didn't want it to be a distraction to the team for our game on Friday."
Brown admitted some of his family members wanted him to stay close to home, so they could attend his games. He said, "It was kind of hard deciding on the three schools, but after visiting Georgia again I really felt that it was the right place for me."
Although he plays along the defensive line, UGA wants him to play outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.
As a junior, Brown posted 74 tackles, 16 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries while also playing tight end and fullback on offense. Brown has been clocked at a 4.77 laser-timed forty-yard dash.
The four-star defender said he is all done with recruiting and he won't take any visits. In fact he already has his jersey number picked out when he arrives to Athens. Brown will wear number 11.
Why the number 11? Brown replied, "I was trying to get closer to nine. Eight and nine were taken, so 11 was the closest one available. Also because my dad. He had number 11 in college when he played at Graceland College and I want to make it look better than he did."
He will get his chance to carry on the family tradition when takes the field in a Bulldogs uniform.