Running back Andre Brown went a while without changing anything with regards to his leaders. But now one school is starting to make a strong push up his list.
"Tennessee is in a good conference with good tradition," said Brown. "Schools like Tennessee, Miami and Nebraska are high on my list because they've traditionally had good programs. Virginia and NC State are also in my top five, but more because they're up-and-coming teams. All those schools are about even right now."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound back from Greenville (N.C.) Rose runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. What else does he like about his leaders?
"Miami is moving to the ACC, so they'll be playing in the area more often. I would get to be around home more with them in the ACC. Nebraska has a great tradition, especially at running back. Thunder Collins was one of my favorite players. Like I said, NC State and Virginia are on the rise, and Tennessee is established.
"I visited NC State this summer and was really impressed. They have some great new facilities. I like that they're just for football. I'm planning on going to see the Virginia-Wake Forest game this weekend, and I'll be going to Nebraska in early December."
What will be the biggest factors in his decision, and when can we expect him to pull the trigger?
"I'll have to feel comfortable with the area around the school. I also want coaches I can just chill with -- you know, have a normal conversation without feeling pressured. I'll also see how I relate to the players already there."
Brown has led his school to a 4-1 mark so far in 2003, and he already has more than 900 yards and 13 touchdowns.