Nebraska’s latest pledge for the 2018 recruiting class, 4-star wide receiver Cameron Brown, joined Hail Varsity Radio to speak with Chris Schmidt and myself on Wednesday afternoon. The conversation hit on a number of topics from how Nebraska handled Brown reopening his recruitment to which prospects in the 2018 class he’s hoping to lure to Lincoln.
CS: There was a buzz created around the country about your ability. A lot of schools wanted you, why did Nebraska get you?
CB: Nebraska got me because I love it there, and my parents love it there. I love the players, the coaches and the atmosphere is amazing.
CS: What stood out to you and what stuck out to your parents when you checked it (Nebraska) out?
CB: The coach. [Wide receivers coach Keith Williams] coaches up really good receivers, he coaches players in the NFL that come back and work with him. My parents just loved everything about the school.
GS: Mike Riley is known as a coach that can connect with a lot of people. What are your thoughts on Coach Riley?
CB: I love Mike Riley. He’s a great guy to get to know. He’s very friendly; when you get to know him he’s like family.
CS: What excites you about Nebraska’s offense and how do you see yourself fitting into it?
CB: I believe I can play any position that Coach [Williams] puts me at. The offense there is changing. It used to be a powerhouse running program but they are switching it up so they can compete at a higher level than they are now.
CS: What advantages are there to a pro-style passing game, not just for your position but also in the landscape of college football. If a team is efficient in throwing the football, how dangerous can they be?
CB: They can be very dangerous. If teams are scared of the run and the pass, they won’t know what to do.
GS: What have you been focused on this summer to improve your game and take it to the next level?
CB: I really have been working on my leadership role. I’m a captain on the team so I feel like its my duty to make sure everyone has things going the right way and competing all together.
CS: Is that difficult for you or are you a naturally vocal?
CB: It’s a little difficult for me cause I don’t like to talk that much when I’m on the football field, but I like to get the job done and make sure my team can win.
CS: Was it easy to talk to Nebraska about making sure that you were confident in where you wanted to go?
CB: Oh yeah, they were pretty understanding about it, but I just wanted to open things up to see a full view of everything. They didn’t do anything wrong or anything, it was me. I just wanted to see everything.
GS: Who are some of the guys in the class you are close with? Who are some guys still out there you are trying to peer recruit to Nebraska?
CB: I talk to almost all of them. We have a group chat where we talk often. I’m still trying to work on a couple players out of St Louis. I’m working on [4-star WR and teammate] Kam Babb just to throw one name out, but there are a couple others.
CS: How does your game translate to Big Ten football?
CB: I feel like my game can compete anywhere. It doesn’t matter where I’m at, I can compete at the highest levels.
CS: What is Nebraska’s brand like in St Louis and Missouri?
CB: I feel like Nebraska is up there high. They recruit pretty hard here and players like it because they see program is coming up.
CS: Tell me about your teammates and program at Christian Brothers. What’s the experience like?
CB: They experience is great. The school is amazing. I’ve got really close friends on the football team because we are all like a family.
GS: What’s your relationship like with [projected starting running back and CBC alum] Tre Bryant and did he help recruit you?
CB: Tre is my big brother. We talk every once in a while. We he comes here we link up and when I go up there I stay with him. He didn’t really try to recruit me and I appreciate that. It just worked out that I ended up going to Nebraska.
CS: Did you enjoy the [recruiting] process? How did you sift trough it?
CB: At the beginning I enjoyed it then it started getting stressful later on. The coaches text you every day to call them. It got stressful after a while but you have to try to sit back and relax. It was non-stop. I maybe went two days without a coach telling me to call them, but no longer than that.
CS: Whats the outlook for your team and how tough is Missouri football?
CB: Missouri football is pretty tough. People don’t think that though, and I think our football is underrated. They think it’s more of a basketball state but Missouri football can compete with anyone else. We can compete with other states like Florida, Texas and Cali.
CS: What made you a football guy over everything else?
CB: I played all the sports when I was younger, but my dad played football and I just love the game. I just chose it over all the sports because I felt it was best for me.
CS: How did your family help you with this decision?
CB: They didn’t help that much because they wanted me to make my own decision because they felt I was old enough to make my own decision. I forced them to help me out more because I didn’t want all that to be put on me like that. If they loved it, I loved it. I really focused on what my mom thought because she really dug deep into the different schools to see the good and the bad around the school.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.