COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Renato Brown is still committed to Miami, although his recruitment is in a bit of a holding pattern. The 3-star tackle verbally committed to the Hurricanes in September with the intention of moving to defensive tackle. He quickly fell in love with Miami’s coaching staff, including former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.
With Kuligowski now at Alabama, Brown has to get a feel for the new coaching staff. The rising senior from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., hasn’t talked to new defensive line coach Jess Simpson, although he expects that to change during the next few weeks. Brown is working to get to Coral Gables during the next month or so for a spring practice.
“I plan on it, most definitely plan on it,” Brown told DieHards on Sunday. “Still trying to figure it out.”
Interest has built steadily for Brown since he committed to the Hurricanes, and his recruitment took off during the winter. Alabama offered in December. Georgia and Penn State offered on Jan. 31. Miami felt like it found a gem with the 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman and now it will have to hang on.
Brown put some of his ability on display Sunday at an Under Armour All-America Camp at North Broward Preparatory School. Brown worked as a defensive lineman at Tom Marcy Field and flashed skills not many of his fellow defensive tackles could match. He’s inconsistent, but his size and quickness make him a potential terror at defensive tackle.
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That’s a major reason the Crimson Tide are pushing hard for Brown. Coach Nick Saban flew his helicopter to Palm Beach Central on Jan. 16 to make Brown feel wanted, and now the lineman is set to visit Tuscaloosa, Ala. Brown is making his way to Alabama on Thursday for his first unofficial visit of the spring.
Other than the Crimson Tide and Hurricanes, Brown would like to visit Florida and Penn State this spring. Brown said he talks to Gators coach Dan Mullen on a “daily basis” and he has a longstanding relationship with Nittany Lions running backs coach JaJuan Seider, who originally is from Belle Glade, Fla.
“Me and Coach Seider have a family connection. He’s a family friend of mine,” Brown said. “He told me to get up there.”
Miami won’t let Brown slip away without a strong fight. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz arguably has been the most important voice in Brown’s recruitment, even when Kuligowski was still with the Hurricanes, and he made the trip up to Palm Beach County on Jan. 20.
With Diaz and coach Mark Richt in the picture, Brown still feels good about Miami.
“Coach Kool just left, but it’s perfectly fine,” Brown said. “Coach Richt’s got the program moving.”
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