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Wes Brown to join Terrapins

Three-star tailback admits his visits to other schools were just to throw off media

Updated: January 5, 2012, 9:23 PM ET
By Dave Hooker | ESPN.com

Wes Brown enjoyed the recruiting game. He finally put an end to it by committing to Maryland during the telecast of the Under Armour All-American Game on Thursday evening.

"Stay at home," the three-star tailback said when asked why he decided to commit to the Terrapins. "Be close to my mom where she can be at all my games. She won't have to spend any money on me. Pretty much keeping everything intact."

Asked whether he could help turn around the Terps, who finished 2-10 in head coach Randy Edsall's first season in College Park, Brown said, "I'll let the blogs do the talking. There's nothing much I can say. I'm going to do my job. I hope the others around me do theirs."

Brown, ranked 27th nationally at his position, said he feigned interest in several schools publicly. He took an official visit to Vanderbilt in December and said he planned to take official visits to Colorado and Miami this month. He said his mind had long been set.

"It's been made up," Brown said. "I was just throwing you all [the media] off."

Brown said he won't take any more official visits.

Now the Terrapins can turn their attention to other talent nearby, such as Brown's high school teammate, four-star receiver Stefon Diggs, and five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. Edsall and staff had better not expect any help from Brown.

"I'm not doing any recruiting so they better not ask," he said. "I'm my own man."

Dave Hooker covers Southeast and Atlantic Coast recruiting. He has covered recruiting and college football for more than a decade. Email him at davehookerespn@gmail.com.

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