One of the biggest positives of Utah
moving to the PAC 12 four years ago was the fact that the added national exposure has allowed the Utah coaching staff to expand their recruiting footprint. That footprint has expanded to the southeast part of the country, as Utah brought in 7 recruits from the southeast region for the 2014 recruiting class. Utah will be looking to bring in just as many, if not more for the 2015 class, as they have ramped up recruiting efforts in Louisiana, Florida and now Georgia. That's where Dareus Brown
enter the conversation.
Brown, a 6'1-220lb linebacker/defensive end hybrid from Stone Mountain, Georgia, was recently offered by the Utes. "I got the offer from Coach Stubblefield about 2 ½ weeks ago, and I was very intrigued about it." Brown later expounded on what specifically intrigues him about Utah. "One of the biggest reasons I like Utah is their communications program, which is what I'm going to major in. I also grew up watching the PAC 10, which is now the PAC 12. The best part about Utah though is they have all of the intangibles that I'm looking for in a school. Great coaching staff, top of the line facilities, great school and last but not least, a big nice city. It doesn't get better than Salt Lake City. I can't wait for my visit."
Wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield is Brown's main recruiter, and Brown says he has built up a great relationship with the first year coach. "I always try and call him when I have the chance. He's a real cool coach and is straight to the point when it comes to the Utah program. He's by far the best coach I've encountered throughout my process."
As for visit plans, Brown has made a concerted effort to visit potential colleges, and plans to make a visit to the Utah campus soon. "I've visited Georgia Tech
, just to name a few. Very soon I'll be visiting Utah, probably before my season starts." With the exception of Wisconsin, Brown has received an offer from all those schools he's visited.
As a junior, Brown played mainly defensive end and racked up 85 total tackles and 5 sacks, but plans to be strictly a linebacker for the 2014 season. "My pass rush skills are off the charts, so that was the main reason I played defensive end, but this year I'm strictly a linebacker in a 4-3 scheme." Even with his pass rush skills being "off the charts," Brown says that's not his best attribute on the field. "I would say my versatility is the best part of my game. My athleticism, physicality, motor, and ability to play in space are the best parts of my game." The move from defensive end to linebacker should pay off for Brown, as that will likely be the position he plays in college, and says that Utah is looking at him as an inside or outside linebacker."
With one last visit upcoming before his season starts, Brown plans to make a decision prior to the start of the season, but hasn't set an official date. "I'm open to all schools right now. I'll know when the time is right, especially once I make this last visit, but I most definitely plan on making a decision before the season starts." When asked if that decision could come on his unofficial visit to Salt Lake City, Brown simply responded, "That's possible, it just all depends."