The recruiting battle for one of America’s top-rated quarterbacks appears to be drawing near a conclusion.
Speculation about a possible fifth official visit have been circulating in regard to four-star Louisville (Ky.) Trinity quarterback Brian Brohm, but according to his father, that’s not likely to happen.
“We’ve heard a lot of those rumors,” said Oscar Brohm, who noted Brian was studying for a midterm calculus test tonight and was taking a much-needed break from the recruiting process.
“Nebraska has called to talk to him and Illinois came by the house again, but we’re trying to shut down on the official visits and all that other stuff and come up with a decision. That’s our intention. We’re talking about it. We’re going to try to make one in the next few days.”
Brohm (6-3, 200, 4.65), who is rated the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, has Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and Notre Dame on his final list.
Word had been circulating around the Bluegrass State that he might be taking one more unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend before making his decision.
“He was thinking about it,” Oscar Brohm said. “I’m not sure if he will or not. But he may show up for the (Kentucky-Georgia) basketball game. I wouldn’t rule that out.”
From the outside looking in, Louisville is considered the favorite for Brohm. His father and brother, Jeff, also played quarterback for the Cardinals. Jeff Brohm is currently the quarterbacks coach under UofL head man Bobby Petrino.
“A lot of people think he’s going there no matter what, and I won’t tell you he doesn’t like Louisville a lot, but it’s really been a tougher decision than people might realize. They’re all pretty good choices. Each of them offer a different scenario that is attractive to him.”
Despite its advantages, Louisville poses some interesting questions for Brohm. He’s stated throughout the process that a chance to play as a true freshman is a key factor. But the Cardinals have underrated Stefan LeFors returning on the heels of an outstanding junior season. He passed for 2,811 yards and 17 touchdowns in leading UofL to a 9-4 record.
Louisville also has last year’s Kentucky “Mr. Football” and four-star national recruit Michael Bush waiting in the wings.
Tennessee made another in-home visit this week. The Volunteers, whose quarterback situation remains unclear for the 2004 season after the departure of Casey Clausen, were thought to be one of the strong contenders to challenge Louisville for his commitment late this fall. However, UT received a commitment from Oregon standout Erik Ainge, so that may influence his final decision.
He grew up an admirer of the Notre Dame program, and Ty Willingham’s West Coast offense is a big draw for the Fighting Irish. He’s reportedly been told he would be given an opportunity to compete with sophomore Brady Quinn for the starting job in fall camp.
Meanwhile, Kentucky has an experienced senior quarterback returning in Shane Boyd, and a talented redshirt freshman in Andre Woodson waiting in the wings. Woodson was a four-star prospect who attended the prestigious Elite 11 quarterbacks camp prior to his senior season.
A member of the Rivals100 Team, Brohm passed for 3,720 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior in leading the Shamrocks to their third straight Class 4A state championship. In his three years as a starter, he threw for 10,579 yards, 119 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.