Jonathan Brown admits he soured on Illinois when their losses started piling up. "It hindered me for…
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Jonathan Brown, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound two-star linebacker from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., has helped lead his team to a perfect 7-0 record with 75 tackles, two sacks and one interceptions. Brown also has seven rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. The Purple Wave take on Briarcrest Christian High School tonight, October 16. Brown, ranked as the No. 67 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, said he now favors Illinois and new entrant Arkansas just slightly over Memphis, Middle Tennessee and LSU. All of his favorites have offered (11 total). "But I'm still really open," Brown said. "I haven't narrowed it down to a final list yet. I should have a top five set by the end of the month and those will be the visits I'll take. "Then I'll narrow it down to three before I commit," he said. "I'll try and decide in mid-December. I want to take my visits and make sure I have great chemistry with the coaches and players and feel like I belong." Brown hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but he will be attending the MTSU/Mississippi State game on Oct. 17. He already attended the Memphis/Ole Miss game on Sept. 6 and was at the LSU/Florida game last weekend. "It was amazing," he said about his experience at the Tigers game. "If you've never been to a night game at LSU, you've gotta go. The fans are great and I can't even describe what it's like. You just have to experience it for yourself." Despite the loss, Brown admits he was impressed with how LSU played. "They held Florida to 13 points and that's big," he said. The school that is recruiting Brown the hardest is still Illinois. "They've been after me the longest," he said. "They send me messages on Facebook and call every week. They show a lot of love. "I really like coach Ron Zook and (wide receivers) coachJim Pry," he said. "They said they like my physical style of play and that I could probably come in and fill the spot right away." Brown's most recent offer is from Arkansas and he believes he could play early for the Razorbacks as well. "That's really why Illinois and Arkansas stand out," he said. "I see myself going in and getting to play early." He says he's also been quite impressed with the Razorbacks improvement this season. "They are a team on the rise," he said. "If you're gonna go to Arkansas, now is the time. Coach Bobby Petrino is doing great things there. "I watched the Auburn game (on TV) and was really impressed with how Arkansas played," he said. "He's turned that program around back to what it was when Darren McFadden was there." Brown plans to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.8 core GPA and an 18 ACT.
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