Arthur Brown, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound five-star linebacker from East High School in Wichita, Kan., continues to focus on 10 schools, says his mentor Brian Butler, who operates Potential Players (non-profit) and is handling Brown's recruiting affairs.
Brown's top ten list is Kansas State, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, USC, Alabama, Miami, Georgia and Georgia Tech. All of his favorites have offered.
"It's all equal for Arthur right now," Butler said, as always - though many suspect Oklahoma may have an advantage. Brown is ranked as the No. 1 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
He has already visited Alabama on Sept. 21 and has visits scheduled to North Carolina (Oct. 13), LSU (Oct. 20), Miami (sometime in November) and USC (Dec. 1). "The reason we chose these five schools to visit officially is because these are the ones he hasn't seen yet. The only school he's been to twice is Alabama."
Butler says that Brown has an Excel spreadsheet that his father designed which is helping him compare all of his favorites. "Arthur uses that to compare each school and track all of them," Butler said. "There's like about twenty different items on that list which he ranks on a 1-10 scale."
Some of the items on Brown's list include head coach, position coach, defensive schemes, academics, environment, weather, fans, atmosphere, tradition, players, recruiting classes and others. "Obviously not everything is weighted the same," Butler said. "Something like weather doesn't count as much as coaches. The most important thing for Arthur is the relationships he has with the coaches. He wants to make sure he feels completely comfortable with the coaches and the support staff."
While Butler helps assist Brown with the recruiting process, he says he doesn't try to sway Brown's decision in any way. "I don't have a favorite school because I'm not really a huge college football fan," Butler said. "There's no team that I root for and that's not what my function is.
"This is a business decision and a spiritual decision," Butler said. "I know Arthur prays about it a lot and my job is to help him make the best business decision. Our goal is to make a decision that isn't based on emotions. It needs to be a fact-finding deal and based on the best overall factors and comfort. Emotions are a horrible way to make a decision."
Brown plans to graduate early and enroll for spring ball and has already scheduled a press conference on Dec. 17 at the Kansas Hall of Fame to make his announcement.
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 17 ACT.