One of the nation’s most heavily recruited prospects in the 2024 class, LB Sammy Brown (6-2 220) of Jefferson, GA was back at Clemson Saturday for the Tigers’ home-opener against Furman. His parents joined him and probably were not rooting for the home team. They’re both Furman grads and his dad played for the Paladins.
How popular is Brown in the recruiting world? He recalled that on September 1st, the first day prospects in his class could be contacted by recruiters, he had 115 text messages. His offer list also includes USC, Alabama, Ole Miss, Miami, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Southern Cal, Tennessee and LSU.
Brown last visited Clemson in June, and he said it was good to return there and reacquaint himself with Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Wes Goodwin.
“It was just good to catch up with the coaches. Be able to see all of them in real time again and just talk high school football and whatnot,” Brown said. “I thought Coach Swinney and Coach Goodwin both had very good pregame speeches to the players. Clemson showed a lot of potential in the game but just never could put it all together which isn’t a bad thing considering a shortened week. I thought the defense played great in the red zone and really bowed their neck when they needed to. I thought what they did for Bryan’s (Bryan Bresee) sister really reveals how much of a family that program is.”
Brown also appreciated the fact the coaches didn’t bombard him with recruiting talk.
“A lot of what I talk about with them is outside of recruiting,” Brown said. “A lot of high school football and just hobbies and whatnot. They do a good job of not pressuring me with recruiting question and just building a good relationship. Clemson definitely has one of the best cultures in college football. They do things the right way. It’s got such a family feel from the coaches and players. I’m able to easily talk with coaches and players about anything without hesitation.”
Brown visited Ohio State a couple of weeks back for their season opening win over Notre Dame. He made a late July visit to USC and the Gamecocks are also in hot pursuit. He’s likely to get back to Columbia this season for game among his other stops this fall, and then his start to cut his list.
“I will probably have a top 10-12 after this season then a Top-5 in the spring,” he said. “Then commit after taking officials. We really don’t have a whole lot else planned, just kind of taking it week by week and seeing what games we can get to.”
Brown also is a standout in track as a sprinter with a recorded time of 10.69 in the 100-meters. At the state track meet in May, Brown was 6th in the 100-meters and 4th in the 200-meters and long jump.