May 5, 2009

Brother Rice Corner Pays Visit to Central Michigan

In the MAC, the spread offense is king. Teams all over the conference have taken to airing it out all over the field in an attempt to win in a shootout. Because of this, the need for quality defensive backs is greater than ever. However, Central Michigan has done a good job of getting a jump on recruiting defensive backs in the 2010 class. For further evidence, fans need to look no further than Michael Brown, a corner from Birmingham Brother Rice who recently visited Mount Pleasant.

Brown, who started alongside current Central Michigan commit Shamari Benton, was instrumental in helping Brother Rice attain a 7-4 season, which included a playoff win over highly ranked Rochester Adams. For the season, Brown had 34 tackles and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown in Brother Rice's 28-21 playoff-clinching win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

One thing that makes Michael attractive to college coaches is his speed, which he uses to the best of his ability when he plays.

"I try to play a lot like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie," Brown said. "He is small but he uses his speed to break up a lot of passes."

In addition to CMU, Michael is also receiving interest from Indiana, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan. While he is yet to be offered, it is early in the process and Michael is sure to get several offers over the summer as he goes to various camps, including Central Michigan's.

"I am definitely going to be camping at Central Michigan in June," Brown said. "I have talked to Coach Jones and Coach Azzani a lot. I am going to go to camp and work hard to get an offer."

One reason Michael is electing to camp at CMU is the good impression the Chippewas left on him when he visited Mount Pleasant for Spring Practice.

"I went up for a visit and I like the program a lot," Brown said. They really run a fast paced practice. I took the tour of the campus after practice and it was really nice. It really seems like it is growing. If something wasn't new, they were working on it to make it new. I also like how close together everything is up there."

Additionally, Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones has impressed Michael. Michael's visit to Central Michigan further reinforced that impression.

"Coach Jones is a real good coach," Brown said. "He is trying to raise the profile of the program and I definitely think he is the coach to do that. He is raising the standards for everything over there."

Michael also has a strong bond with CMU wide receivers coach Zach Azzani, who is his main recruiter.

"Coach Azzani and I talk on the phone all the time," Brown said. "He is a real good coach."

One final factor that could be working in CMU's favor is Brown's friendship with Shamari Benton, one of Central Michigan's more outgoing commits.

"Shamari talks to me and Kevonte (Martin-Manley) all the time," Brown said. "He's in our ear all the time about Central. We eat lunch together every day and he is also asking how recruiting is going. He always tells me to think CMU. He says it is like a family up there and I definitely noticed that."

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