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All-Met RB spurns I-A offers, chooses S.C. State

Charles Brown had a scholarship offer to play in one of the nation's top conferences. He could have followed the line of local players traveling west to New Mexico. Or he could have played with other locals in the Mid-American Conference.

Instead, however, the All-Met running back and defensive back from St. John's accepted a scholarship offer from division I-AA South Carolina State.

Unlike Kansas State, New Mexico, Akron and other division I-A programs, the Bulldogs recruited the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Brown to play offense.

"That was important to him," St. John's Coach Joe Patterson said. "As far as I-AA goes, they're as good as it gets."

Also this past weekend, St. John's lineman Kortlan Jackson, who is 6-2 and 283 pounds, committed to North Carolina A&T. A third teammate headed to the I-AA ranks is defensive lineman DeAnte Williams, bound for Norfolk State.

Meantime, things continue to pick up for junior defensive end Kevin McReynolds, who is 6-3 and 285 pounds. He tested well at the combine prior to the UnderArmour All-American Game earlier this month and holds written scholarship offers from Maryland, North Carolina and North Carolina State. "I know he's had a few other verbal offers, but I tend not to talk about them until I see them," Patterson said.

Patterson expects sophomore defensive back Jaylen Johnson (5-11, 180) will receive plenty of scholarship offers on Sept. 1, the day that colleges are allowed to formally offer juniors.

By Josh Barr  | January 26, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Charles Brown, Football, Kevin McReynolds, St. John's  
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