Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park three star ranked outside linebacker prospect Phillip Brown (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) had made a verbal commitment back in early December to Ball State University, yet Brown had second thoughts and decided to take one last official visit this past weekend. Brown has now decommitted from the Cardinals and has given Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment. Brown will sign his Letter of Intent this Wednesday to Northern Illinois University.
"I called the coaches at Ball State today and told them that I was going to sign my letter of intent on Wednesday to Northern Illinois University," Brown said. "Calling the Ball State coaches today was one of the hardest calls I've ever had to make, but they understood."
Brown talked about why he decided to visit and recommit to the Huskies.
"I felt that I just wanted to make sure that I explored all of my options. I never really was able to compare Ball State to any other schools, because I committed to Ball State right away. I called the coaches at Ball State last week and told them that I wanted to take one last official visit before signing my letter of intent. I also called the coaches at Northern Illinois and told them that I was interested in them and was hoping to take an official visit to DeKalb if they were interested. I recruited NIU in all of this, and it wasn't the other way around."
Brown made his official visit to Northern Illinois this weekend and gave the Huskies staff his verbal commitment.
"The coaching staff at NIU is what really impressed me on my official visit. They are very honest and straight forward guys. They are genuine, down to earth guys, and they are coaches that I really want to play for in college. I also came away with a great impression of the players at NIU. They have a lot of diversity within the team, yet they are all very close and have exceptional team unity. They really are all on the same page, both the coaches and the players, and that impressed me quite a bit. I also had some serious questions about academics at NIU, and I had a chance to meet with several professors and advisors who set me straight. NIU has a great business program and I'm excited about getting my degree in business from NIU."
Brown gave his decision plenty of thought over the last several weeks, and feels that he's found a home that he's comfortable with for the next four years.
"I really am happy that I took another visit before signing my letter of intent. I feel that I've made the right decision for myself and the best decision for myself as well. NIU was actually the first school to offer me, and looking back I really didn't give them much of a chance back then. I feel very comfortable and at home at NIU."