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Keith Brown Breaks Down Oregon Commitment

December 4, 2019

Oregon’s 2020 recruiting is wrapping up. With the early signing period just two weeks away, the Ducks recently secured commitments from Jaylen Smith and Noah Sewell. 

However, it appears some of that momentum carried over to 2021 with this week’s verbal from in-state linebacker Keith Brown. The 4-star recruit and top player in the state of Oregon (0.9560 on the 247Sports Composite) took some time to break down his decision for ScoopDuck.  

Brown has an extensive offer sheet, reaching as far east as Michigan and Tennessee. Still, the junior decided to stay out west. 

“After I took all my West Coast visits, I knew Oregon was my No. 1 on the West Coast,” he said. “I was kind of tired of the recruiting process -- coaches hitting me up every day, having to take visits.” 

It’s still early in the process for the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect, but Brown said the decision was one he made confidently. 

“It was a no-brainer to commit and get it over with,” he said. “I have absolutely no regrets on the school and playing for Oregon in the future. I’m excited to get this thing going.” 

Brown has a strong support group in his corner, so he didn’t make the decision in a vacuum.  

“My mom, my little brother and my dad were heavily involved,” he said. “They said it was always up to me and I could commit whenever I was ready. 

“We talked about it (the decision), and I told them I knew where I wanted to go a couple months ago. Lots of people told me to wait. 

“Coming up to the Civil War I was 100% ready, and this is where I wanted to be.” 

Brown said he sees something special in Oregon. He pointed to the staff’s genuine approach and recruiting acumen as reasons for his decision. 

“A lot of kids get overwhelmed with the Oregon flash,” he said. “For me it was the way they treated my family, my friends and other kids I've seen on visits. Stars don’t matter to them; they treat all kids the same. 

“It was the little things the staff would do, like text my mom and see how she was doing. I talked to players and they told me the way you’re recruited is the way you’ll be treated. They were genuine. 

“I also don't see myself as someone playing on the East Coast or in the South.” 

The Oregon native, who took to Instagram live to stream his commitment, reflected on his special moment. 

“I told (recruiting director) Kenny Sanders,” he said, “and he knew about a week before. We made it a plan. 

“Before and after the game, all the recruits and their families go up to the players’ lounge. The DJ was playing music, and we had him cut the music when all the coaches were in the room. 

“Kenny got up there and said he needed to give the mike to a new family member. That’s when I grabbed the mike and explained that I was staying home. 

“The coaches jumped on me. It was awesome.” 

Now that Brown is officially committed, he has some big names he would like to join him in Eugene.  

“I’m really going to try to work on Korey Foreman (5-star 2021 DE and the overall No. 1 player on the 247 Composite),” he said. “I’m going to try to get J(ustin) Flowe (a 5-star and the top-rated 2020 linebacker); he’s going to cancel all of his visits after the Oregon visit. 

“I’m also trying to get Kingsley Suamataia (the 2021 4-star offensive tackle from Utah).” 

Oregon had some choice commits and prospects on campus for the Civil War, so it can’t hurt that the Ducks just added another enthusiastic peer recruiter. What’s next for the nation’s 103-ranked overall recruit?  

“My heart is 100% at Oregon,” he said, “but I still want to get the whole experience. I can visit Oregon every weekend, but the other schools are a lot harder to visit. 

“I still might take some officials; not 100% sure where I want to go. UW was a big No. 2; I was really feeling them as well as Cal, UCLA and USC. I want to build relationships with coaches. 

“On signing day I’m highly sure I’m signing with Oregon -- just want to make sure."

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