At last weekend's Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour in New Jersey, Noah Brown had a standout performance and won the MVP award for the offensive skill positions. Earlier this week the athlete from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII picked up offers from Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and Brown said his performance at the camp helped him earn those scholarships.
"I definitely think winning MVP contributed to me getting these offers because schools mentioned it to me," said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Brown. "I think it also helped with my exposure because it showed that I could compete with some top players and still come out with the MVP.
"A good amount of schools that have offered me mentioned that I won MVP at the Rivals camp on Saturday," he said. "I believe Syracuse mentioned it as well. Pretty much all the schools that I've been in contact with mentioned that I won MVP and how big time it is to win MVP at a Rivals camp."
Brown's recruitment has clearly been picking up steam.
"I was definitely very excited about it," said Brown. "I had no clue that Syracuse and Notre Dame were coming in. It was definitely a surprise to me. I haven't had too much contact with either of the schools. Pittsburgh came after them.
"I actually don't know a great deal about Syracuse," he said. "I haven't had much contact with them. This is the first time I've ever spoken to a coach from there. I'll definitely be paying more attention to Syracuse and get all the information I need to form a relationship with them. They want as a wide receiver and running back.
"Coach Diaco came to my school just as I was leaving and my coach text me his number so I could call him," Brown said. "Coach Diaco offered me over the phone. I know they have a great tradition. They are a catholic school. A lot of great players have come out of there and they're always a top program so it was definitely very exciting. Notre Dame said I could play wide receiver, running back or possibly safety. I definitely prefer the offensive side but I am open to playing defense.
"I know Pittsburgh has a great history of some great running backs coming out of there, which is what they are recruiting me as," he said. "LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Tony Dorrsett and all of them. A coach sent me a Facebook message telling me to call them. They said they loved my tape and wanted to offer me."
The spring evaluation period is always a busy time for players because coaches are coming to see them at their school.
"Coach Cristobal from Alabama contacted me the other day," said Brown. "I've also been in contact with Oregon, Indiana and Florida State is showing a lot of interest right now. If I had to guess which school would offer me next I'd have to say Florida State. I'm not sure about that. I got in contact with Coach Brewster. He said he loved my film and has passed it on to the head coach. I should be hearing from him soon about what the head coach thinks."
Since the camp last weekend, it looks like Brown's schedule is about to slow down.
"I don't have anything else planned right now," he said. I definitely want to get out to some schools in the Midwest and get down South and see Florida State, USF and schools like North Carolina. I'd like to narrow my list down a little bit by the beginning of summer and take it from there. I might have a top five by the middle of summer and see where it goes."