BEAVERTON, Ore. – Erik Brown is one of the prospects who will be making his college announcement here during The Opening at Nike Headquarters this week, but he isn’t exactly sure when.
“They told me maybe (July 2nd or 3rd), they’ll let me know when they’re ready,” the 2014 California receiver said.
Speculation is that the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder from Summit High School in Fontana, Calif., is going to announce a commitment to Washington, but Brown isn’t ready to give away any hints.
“Let them think whatever they want,” he laughed.
The belief that the Huskies lead comes in least in part from the fact that Brown decided he was ready to make an announcement immediately after visiting Washington last week.
“I was looking forward to that visit because I had never been there before and they’ve been a favorite for me for a while, so I was looking forward to seeing what it was all about,” Brown said of his trip to Seattle. “It lived up to my expectations.”
It’s clear Brown feels comfortable with the Husky coaches and their plan for him.
“I’ve been talking with them and meeting with them for the past couple of months, so I’ve been building that bond,” he said. “They want me to come in and start as a true freshman. They want me to move me around from wideout to slot.”
But he has other schools on his list as well.
“Notre Dame, Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Cal,” he said of the other finalists.
It’s unlikely that he’ll announce for the Irish, but he says he’ll certainly be in South Bend this fall for an official visit.
“Definitely,” he said. “I’ll be taking my official, I’m not sure what week it is, but when USC flies out to there to play them, that’s when I’ll be taking my official visit.”
Brown feels like he needs to check out Notre Dame before he makes his decision final.
“It’s Notre Dame,” he said. “It’s tradition, it’s everything about it. You have to go up there and see Notre Dame before you make your decision, which a lot of kids don’t get the chance to do because it’s so far coming from Southern California.”
He’d like to try to build the kind of relationship he has with the Washington staff with Notre Dame’s.
“I want to feel a bond with the coaching staff,” he said. “I talk with Coach Bob Elliott a lot and he’s a great guy. I talk to Coach (Mike) Denbrock a lot, but I’ve actually never met him. I want to go up there and meet the coaching staff and just see if I could live there for the next four years.”