June 10, 2012

Brown still searching?

It has been a long road for Georgia Military offensive tackle Trenton Brown to get where he is at, and it still isn't over.

The 6-foot-8, 350-pound lineman was so big and athletic as a freshman in high school that schools BCS schools were showing interest.

After enrolling at GMC in 2011 as a non-qualifier, everything has come full circle for the JUCO standout, and he is now visiting some of the top schools in the SEC and currently holds over a dozen offers.

The star tackle made a visit to the University of Georgia on Saturday, one of the schools that recruited him when he was in high school, and impressed while knowing exactly what to expect.

"It was real good. It was a real good visit and I had a good time," said Brown. "I would give it about a seven, only because I have seen Georgia so many times that I just knew what was there. There wasn't much new, but I really liked the visit."

This trip to Athens was an opportunity for Brown to further build a relationship that he started several years ago with Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend.

"I mainly hung out with Coach Friend, and he is a really relaxed guy," said Brown. "I've known him for a long time and I have a great relationship with him. He is a funny guy."

While touring the UGA campus, Brown got to see the ins and outs of how the Georgia program assists its student athletics academically.

During that time, Brown reached a conclusion about being a student athlete at UGA.

"Basically, they give you so much support that you almost have to try to fail to actually fail," said Brown. "It is a real cool place to be honest. They have a lot of support and a lot of ways to help you out. It was good to see that."

After only signing three offensive linemen in the 2012 class, the Georgia staff has placed and emphasis on signing a number of offensive linemen for 2013.

According to Brown, the Georgia staff has let him know that he is very high on their board at the tackle position.

"They pretty much made it known that they really want me there," said Brown. "They told me that they would wait on me even if I can't graduate in December. I should be able to and all, but they let me know they would wait on me if I couldn't, and I thought that said a lot."

Last weekend, Brown took his first visit to Florida and came away with the Gators as his leader.

After taking the trip to Athens, it appears that things have already changed.

"No sir, they don't lead anymore," said Brown. "They are in it, but I don't have a leader really."

Now that Brown has started taking visits and has gotten the ball rolling with seeing different campuses and what they have to offer, he knows exactly what he is looking for in a program at the next level, and it has little to do with football.

"I'm looking at academics, team GPA, graduation rate with the players, and my major, Criminal Justices," said Brown. "I'm looking for a school is willing to wait on me if I can't graduate in December. Georgia said they would. Florida didn't say they wouldn't wait, but they did say it was key for them so I need to ask them that."

Having only taken visits to two of the 13 programs that have offered him at this point, Brown big plans for the future in regards to visits.

"I want to visit every school that has offered me really," said Brown. "I was going to visit Alabama next weekend but I'm not going anymore. I do want to visit all the schools that have offered though."

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