UPDATE: 12:20 p.m. Friday — Brown has confirmed to the Daily News reports that he made an unofficial visit to Ohio State last weekend to watch the Buckeyes defeat Iowa. On Monday, he tweeted, “Still thinking about the visit to Ohio State!!!”
Warren East junior linebacker/running back Eli Brown has decommitted from Vanderbilt, WEHS athletic director Jonathan Vincent told the Daily News on Thursday.
The official word came from Brown, who requested that his decision be made known.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 192-pound Brown verbally committed to Vanderbilt in June. At the time, he also had scholarship offers from Kentucky, Ohio State and Western Kentucky. He also reported interest from Louisville, Florida, Cincinnati and Indiana.
Brown has 48 tackles through eight games for Warren East (4-4), along with 1,033 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 125 carries.
He’s rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and is among the site’s Top 250 prospects to watch in the 2015 class.
In August, Brown told the Daily News he had become ready to commit to Vanderbilt and coach James Franklin after a “draining” spring recruitment period. He had six coaches visit during one school day in April, he said.
“It was overwhelming,” Brown said in August. “I was getting tired, coming out of class and missing classwork, so I was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ Last year, it was kind of draining. I didn’t want to go through all that during my junior and senior year. I wanted to give it all to my team.”
Brown will apparently start looking at his options again this weekend. He confirmed on Twitter that he will visit WKU on Saturday for the Hilltoppers’ homecoming game against Troy with Bowling Green HIgh School senior receiver Nacarius Fant, a Tops commit.