Fairfield (Conn.) Fairfield Prep defensive tackle Garrett Brown quietly finished up the recruiting process over the weekend by committing to Minnesota on his official visit over offers from Rutgers, Ole Miss, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan State among others. What made the 6-foot-2, 286-pounder decide on the Golden Gophers?
"I like that they are a winning program and continue winning, it's good to come into a place that has everything together," he said. "Besides that I have family that lives out there and I just feel it was the right place for me to play my college football. I also really like the players, coaches and opportunity. Coach Bailey told me I have to start getting ready now because they'll need me to start next season since they don't really have anyone at my position. Finally, I want to major in sports management and Minnesota has a top business program."
Brown told the coaches of his decision Saturday.
"They were ecstatic because they really wanted to get me," he said. "I feel really good about the decision looking back on it and now I'm ready to get on with the rest of my school year."
With the high likelihood of playing next year, what is the three-star prospect going to do between now and August?
"I have a personal trainer and I plan to work on every aspect of my game," he said. "I'm also considering getting there probably sometime in the middle of June, just so I can work with the team and be ready to play.
"I feel I can bring a lot of intensity and good work ethic to Minnesota. I hope to be another player to make an impact right away."
Brown has high hopes for the Golden Gophers over the next four years.
"I want to tell the fans to get ready for a national championship," he said. "I think with the other kids that committed, we have a good chance to bring one home in a few years."