Nation's No. 1 player headed to Knoxville
Bryce Brown
Asst. Regional Manager
Posted Mar 16, 2009

Bryce Brown, the nation's top recruit from Wichita-East, Kansas, made an announcement Monday after delaying his decision a month after signing day. He originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes, but has decided to head to the SEC. He announced the decision at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Bryce Brown is heading to Knoxville to play for the University of Tennessee and head coach Lane Kiffin. Brown ended up as the second running back to commit to the Volunteers in March. David Oku, four-star running back from Oklahoma City-Carl Albert, Okla., committed March 5.

“It was a spiritual decision,” said Bryce Brown. “I got the sign before I left Knoxville that I was going to be a Volunteer. I asked for a sign and God revealed it.”

"That is the school that is going to get me prepared to play at the next level. The coaches expect greatness. I wanted to go to a place where I know the coaches are going to make me work hard."

The five-star running back talked about Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin.

“I love coach Kiffin," he said. "He doesn’t back down. A lot of people say Tennessee won’t turn the program around instantly. He thinks it will be turned around by tomorrow."

"He is young and more open to his players. He has a good relationship with all of his players.”

Brown rushed for 1,872 yards on 203 carries scoring 30 touchdowns in 2008 while playing for Wichita East. Brown was All-State in Kansas, Parade All-American, USA Today All USA, U.S. Army All-America and the No. 1 ranked player in the country by

Brown had originially committed to Miami, but did not accept the school's scholarship offer, allowing it to expire on Feb. 18. He chose Tennessee over Kansas State. Brown's brother, Arthur, is currently a linebacker for the Hurricanes.

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