Warren East sophomore linebacker/running back Eli Brown is in the middle of a recruiting whirlwind, but he’s enjoying the ride.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 192-pound Brown has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, and recently had six college coaches visit in one day.
“It’s been kind of fun to see what kind of coaches will come in,” Brown said. “Now, it’s just motivating me more for next year.”
Brown picked up his first offer from UK just before coach Joker Phillips was fired, but he was later offered by new coach Mark Stoops.
“A couple of months later, I got a call from UK to come up, and they offered me when I went for their Junior Day,” he said.
WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm was one of Brown’s visitors at WEHS, and he offered Brown on the spot, he said.
He’s also had visits from Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati and Florida – the latter from Joker Phillips, who’s now the Gators’ receivers coach.
He plans to attend camps at Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt this summer, he said, and would like to make his college decision after his junior season.
Brown recorded 90 tackles in 2012 and rushed for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. Some teams have discussed also using him as a running back, he said.
Heading into next year, Brown’s planning to work on improving his footwork and mental toughness, he said. He’s encouraged and motivated by the recent surge in college interest for players in the Bowling Green area, like South Warren’s Adrian Middleton and Joel Iyiegbuniwe, and Bowling Green’s Nacarius Fant.
“It’s kind of getting exciting to see that we can get our names out in Bowling Green, because it’s been kind of hard to do that,” Brown said.