A slow start to the recruiting process did not dampen the spirits of Detroit Mumford offensive lineman Daron Brown, and now the 6-5, 315-pound prospect's patience is paying off. He picked up his fifth offer of the process on Tuesday.
"I got offered by Northern Illinois," Brown reported. "They contacted me through Facebook, telling me they were close to pulling the trigger and wanted me to call them ASAP. I called them and they said they were going to make my day and offer me a scholarship to Northern Illinois.
"I was shocked. I didn't think they were going to do it so soon because they season opened up Saturday and I thought they were going to wait to see some film. I haven't been down to see them, but I know they dominate the MAC and they run the football."
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The offer from Northern Illinois joins previous tenders from Akron, Alabama State, Buffalo and Western Michigan. Brown now is looking to start taking trips to those colleges showing interest.
"The first game I am going to is Sept. 10 to Western Michigan when they play Nicholls State," Brown said. "That's convenient and I haven't seen the school yet.
"I will take some [officials] during the season whenever I can get time. I'm going to plan it right so I don't have to rush things."
Brown continues to receive interest from schools like Illinois, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State.