Hillsborough two-way standout and state medalist sprinter Anthony Brown committed to Purdue on Friday on a visit to the Big Ten school.
Brown, who became a national D-I prospect shortly after placing third in the 100 meters and 200 meters in this spring's 3A state track meet, committed on the spot at the West Lafayette, Ind., campus after the Boilermakers made him a formal offer -- arguably his most high-profile one to date.
"I didn't think I was going to commit, but if I got an offer I was going to," Brown said by phone Friday evening. "The environment and the way the coaches are, it's like one big family. It seems like a good place to be and they care about their players. They give you your freedom and they want you to get your degree. That's the main thing here. They want you to get that degree. They really keep it straight with their players."
Brown, who said his commitment to Purdue is a solid one, also had offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Washington State, UAB, Ohio, Western Michigan and Ball State. He had also camped at West Virginia and Miami this summer.
He was able to speak with incoming Purdue freshman and former Robinson standout Frankie Williams on his visit.
"He told me about how it was a really great place to be," Brown said.
Brown said the Boilermakers are recruiting him as a cornerback. Being used mostly as a defensive back last season, Brown registered 69 tackles and one interception for the Terriers, but he's expected to contribute more on the offensive side of the ball for Hillsborough this season.
Read a Q & A with Brown from June HERE.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)