Kelby Brown is an outside linebacker prospect from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian High School. Brown, 6-2 and 210 pounds, had 86 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, four forced, three fumble recoveries, three sacks, and an interception for a score last year as a junior. Even more impressive are his numbers in the classroom. Brown has a 4.0 grade point average and a weighted GPA of 5.23. He also scored a 1910 on the SAT.
"I am book smart and that helps me with football for sure," Brown said. "I also have a very high football IQ. I have a great awareness on the field and am very aggressive. I am instinctual and know where to be. But I also do a lot of film prep. One of my biggest attributes though has to be my competitiveness in everything I do. I want to take the SAT again because I want to break the 2,000 point mark. Competing in everything I do really drives me."
At this time Brown has three scholarship offers. His first was from Syracuse. Then he got one from Indiana. Today he got his third from Wisconsin.
"Syracuse was the first one and that felt so good. I just went on a visit there this weekend. The coaches are cool and very professional. They are trying to turn it around up there. The Carrier Dome is sweet and I love their weight room.
"Indiana just spent 50 million on facilities and new indoor practice fields. I love lifting weights.
"Wisconsin has great fans and is a big time program. It's the Big 10 and my dad played at Northwestern and went to grad school at Ohio State. We are Ohio State and Big 10 fans for sure."
Brown likes the three schools that have offered and also likes two closer to home. Both Duke and Vanderbilt are showing strong interest in him.
"I have been to Duke twice and I talked with (David) Cutcliffe today. They want to see me practice and move around. I am hoping they offer. That's a cool school. So is Vandy and UVa. They have both started to recruit me very hard."
Obviously academics will play a critical role in Brown's decision. What else will play a large part in what school he chooses?
"First, football in general will be big. Coaches will play a big role. I want to play for a head coach that will be there for many years. I want coaches that are passionate.
"Duke and Vandy are so appealing. I don't think I want to be 12 hours away."