After a stand out performance last weekend at a the NUC Five-Star Showcase Noah Brown picked up offer number 12 from Penn State.
"My latest offer was Penn State today," the athlete from Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII said yesterday. "My coach came up to me in school and told me to come to his office. He called Coach Strollo and he put me on the phone with Coach O'Brien and he offered me.
"I know that they had a great season for the circumstances they were in last year," said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Brown. "Under Coach O'Brien they run kind of a New England Patriots style offense and it's definitely something I'm interested in. I don't really see the sanctions effecting my decision too much. I was there for their junior day and if I were to choose to go there it would be because I feel comfortable there and I feel I'm in the best position to succeed. I don't really think the sanctions would affect that decision."
The Nittany Lions added themselves to a list that already includes teams like Wisconsin, North Carolina, Nebraska, Michigan State and others. Brown did admit that there are two schools that seem to be more interested than the others.
"I'd probably say Rutgers is recruiting me the hardest and Virginia Tech is a very close second," he explained. "I think Rutgers is a great school. I think they're heading in a good direction with Coach Flood. They've made some great additions to the offensive staff with Coach Prince. He has a lot of NFL experience so I definitely thinking they're heading in the right direction.
"I actually don't know too much about Virginia Tech," Brown said. "I know they're one of the top programs every year and they always have big time players on offense. My visit on April 20 is going to be very helpful. I want to learn more about their offense and how they plan to use me if I come there. I want to really take in the atmosphere and really see what they have to offer."
Recruitment has really picked up for Brown and there are plenty of teams contacting him but he is building a strong relationship with one school in particular.
"Out of the ones that haven't offered me, I'd say Michigan is the one that I've been in touch with the most," he said. "I'm in contact with Coach Manning, the new outside linebackers coach. I'm starting to form a good relationship with him and the other coaches up there. They would want me to play running back. At this point I'm not sure if they'll be my next offer. They just want me to get on campus and come see what they have to offer. I'd like to get out to Michigan and some of the other Midwest schools that have offered me like North Carolina and USF."
Brown will participate in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in Piscataway, New Jersey on April 27.