July 20, 2010
Brown goes in depth about SU
Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson cornerback Harmon Brown picked the Orange last week to become the eleventh member of the 2010 class for the Orange. Brown took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with CuseConfidential.com in depth about his decision recent decision.
Brown, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds talked about a phone conversation he had with Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer that led to his commitment.
"Coach Shafer and I had a good conversation the day before I committed. We talked about my Mom, we talked about the depth chart, and the need for that position. I felt like that was the best place for me and I felt that I could come in and make an impact in my first or second year."
That next day when Brown pulled the trigger he told Coach Shafer who in turn told the rest of the staff and everybody involved was very pleased.
"He was very fired up. He got right on the phone and called Coach Marrone and let him know. Then just a few minutes after that I was calling Coach Marrone," Brown said. "That was my first conversation with him and my impressions from that conversation were that he was a very down to earth person and a cool guy. He was very upfront with me and not selling me any dreams or promises. He was just letting me know that I would have to compete. I am glad he kept it honest with me and didn't try to sugar coat it."
The Orange seem to be taking a hard look at prospects for the secondary and it was that need for defensive backs that Brown liked.
"I will have a chance to compete on a high level in the Big East. They had a need for the position and I feel like I could come in and impact that position immediately."
Having the chance to compete is what Brown is looking for. Competition is what drives Brown to be a better player. He knows the people he will be playing with are good at what they do as well.
"Competition really drives me to go harder and I really feed off of the competition I don't want anything given to me because I know that everybody is good and they were a stud back in high school. I am not going in with the mindset that anything is going to be given."
One item that was different with the Brown commitment than others was the fact he picked the Orange without visiting the school. This happens. But you do not see it that often. What are Browns thoughts on a visit to Syracuse?
"I have not visited yet, but I am planning that soon. It will be sometime this fall not this summer," Brown stated. "College is college and all schools have beautiful campuses and I feel like it will be good. It is really not a problem because football is football."
When he does visit Syracuse though he does have some items in mind that he would like to see at the school.
"I am looking for a good family environment. I want to be welcomed into their family. I want to talk football and see the campus. I am pretty excited."
Now that Brown is and Orange he wants to make sure more Florida prospects come with him to New York.
"I am most definitely going to be doing some recruiting. I am going to try to get some boys from down here to go up there with me. I am most definitely going to do that."
His first recruiting visit took place recently while at a Florida Gator's football camp.
"I am looking forward to the Friday Night Lights camp and seeing some of those top guys and talk Syracuse to some of those guys and see how they feel about it. Hopefully I can get some guys to come up."
Even though he has picked the Orange Brown will still be attending camps like Friday Night Lights and staying in touch with other coaches, The three star prospect knows that the recruiting process can have many unpredictable parts and he wants to make sure he is ok if anything happens.
"Right now it is pretty solid verbal, but I am going to keep in contact with the coaches that I have built relationships with. Anything can happen with this recruiting thing, college is a business and things change. I am pretty solid right now."
When it comes down to it Harmon Brown fits the profile for a new Syracuse football player and he wants the fans to know that.
"I want the Orange fans to know that they are getting a player with swagger and a guy that is ready to work hard. I am a character guy and I will not give the coaches any problems or the community of Syracuse. They are getting a player that is ready to make plays."
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