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Miami LB commit visits Clemson

Keith Brown says he's still a Cane, but he also wants to explore his options

Originally Published: September 16, 2011
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

Miami Norland four-star linebacker Keith Brown is continuing to explore his options despite being committed to Miami.

Those options include a visit to Clemson on Saturday when the Tigers take on Florida State.

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Tom HauckKeith Brown may be committed to the "U," but he's still visiting Clemson for its game with FSU.
"I talked to Coach [Kevin] Steele when he stopped by the school, and I liked what he had to say so I'm going to check them out," Brown said. "I want to check out the fan base and the atmosphere at Clemson."

Last week Brown took in the Miami-Ohio State game and was happy with what he saw from the Hurricanes defense.

"I was excited about the victory," Brown said. "The defense played real well, and the offense, you know, the offense did what they could do. Lamar [Miller] was good."

But one good night at Sun Life Stadium isn't going to deter Brown from seeing what he needs to see.

Last week Clemson snapped Auburn's 17-game losing streak in front of a raucous home crowd. Brown expects a similar atmosphere Saturday.

"It's a big game with FSU so I know it's going to be live," Brown added. "I want to see how the coaches respond. I caught the game against Auburn, and I want to see if they can bring it back two weeks in a row."

Lane still recovering

Class of 2013 Watch List running back Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven) still hasn't made an appearance this season, and it's uncertain when the 5-8, 200-pounder will return from his broken ankle.

"It's not ready yet," Lane said. "I'm going to back to the doctor soon and they are going to tell me where I am. I hopefully won't miss the whole season, but I have to wait for it to heal completely."

In the meantime Lane says he's doing some upper body workouts and assisting with practice any way he can.

He has also made plans to take in a few college games.

"I am thinking about going to USF-Ball State this week," Lane said. "I'm definitely planning on going to Alabama-Florida."

Lane says Florida, Rutgers and South Florida have officially offered, and he has verbal offers from Virginia Tech and Georgia.

Busted pipeline

The commitment of Miami Northwestern wide receiver Amari Cooper to Alabama on Thursday continued the fracture of the pipeline between the Liberty City neighborhood school and Miami Hurricanes football program.

The Hurricanes signed eight players from Miami Northwestern in the Class of 2008, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and defensive tackle Marcus Forston. They haven't signed a player from the school since.

In 2010 the Hurricanes had a commitment from defensive tackle Todd Chandler, but the prospect the program parted ways and Chandler committed to South Florida. He has yet to take a snap for the Bulls as he redshirted in 2010 and was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season.

Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Eli Rogers both committed to Miami before their senior years, but both players decided to sign with Louisville.

This isn't to say the Hurricanes have struggled in Miami-Dade County as they have found success recruiting at Miami Norland and Homestead recently.

In other news

• Tough break for Miami Belen Jesuit as their two senior defensive leaders, Frankie Hernandez and Alfonso Horner, will both miss the remainder of the season with torn ACL injuries.

• Class of 2013 running back Daryl Chestnut (Miami/Columbus) rushed for three touchdowns as the Explorers defeated Miami Senior, 55-3, on Thursday night.

• According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay offensive lineman Danny Isidora says he's planning on taking official visits to Wisconsin and Michigan.

• Miami defensive back commitment A.J. Leggett (Miami/South Miami) says he's looking into taking an official to Florida State.

• Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee defensive back Clinton Heaven says that official visits to North Carolina and Vanderbilt are likely.

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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