Savannah (Ga.) Christian School defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown was a bit surprised when his first verbal offer came last week. Not that he got one, but because it was Louisville that extended it.
"That kind of caught me off guard," Brown said. "I sent my film out a few weeks ago, and they said they really liked it. That was my first time talking to them. Before that, Florida and Vanderbilt were showing me the most interest."
In addition to the Cardinals, Commodores and Gators, the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Brown also is hearing from Alabama, Miami and South Florida, he said. He has been to junior days at Florida and Alabama.
"If I had to guess, it would probably be Florida or Vanderbilt [that offers next]," Brown said. "I really like Florida. I like Vanderbilt, too, but I really like Florida. When I went there for junior day, I just liked how they presented it. I liked all the coaches and I liked how they come up to you and talk to you. I really liked [defensive line coach Bryant Young]."
Right now, Brown has no leaders.
It's safe to say, though, that Louisville is now on his radar.
"I called [Cardinals assistant Ron Dugans] last Friday, and we talked," Brown said. "And he told me I was one of their top prospects. He said he's going to make a special trip here to watch my spring practice. I really don't know that much about them. I like the coach so far when I've talked to him. He seems like a pretty cool guy. He offered me, so they must like me."
As a junior, Brown recorded 85 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. His team was the Class A state runner up.
"We played so long I didn't have time to make a highlight tape," Brown said. "I think that's why it's been so slow. I started sending a tape out three or four weeks ago. I sent it out to everyone in the SEC, and I sent it to a lot of schools in the ACC … and to all the schools sending me letters. I think it will help."