As the recruiting process lingers on, an increasing number of recruits are giving pledges to their favorite schools. For Phillip Brown two schools are in a dead heat.
"It seems like every day Virginia Tech and Tennessee keep getting more and more even, if that's possible," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Brown. "I love both schools so much. I have no idea how I'm going to choose one over the other."
Brown and Hampton (Va.) Phoebus are off to a lightning-fast start this season. Phoebus has started the season with a 5-0 record. The most recent victory came over rival Bethel, whose star is 6-foot-5, 230-pound Chris Ellis. In that game Brown amazed spectators as he scored three touchdowns, including two on punt returns, as Phoebus cruised 38-0.
"Special teams played a really big role in our win over Bethel," said Brown, who also caught a touchdown pass. "Both the returns were really long. I had a lot of good blocking all over the field, and it didn't take long for me to hit the holes and get to the endzone. Offense and defense are really important but special team plays can turn a game around faster than either. Hopefully some coaches will realize I can get it done in any of the three areas."
Brown runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and is ranked the nation's fifth best cornerback by Rivals.
"I've got offers to just about every school I'm looking at. I'm not going to count out schools like NC State, Maryland, Virginia and Clemson, because they're great places. Virginia Tech and Tennessee just have great atmospheres and really get after you on defense. They seem like places that would be great to play at.
"I would like to make my decision before too long, so I don't have to let it be at the front of my mind all the time. But realistically, until one school shows that it's clearly the best place for me, I'm going to remain undecided. It's just a case of two schools being as even as they could be. I'll take my official visits after my season is over, so I'll know more then."