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April 24, 2011

A different look for Brown

Though he had been on campus just two months prior to Wisconsin's spring game, the Badger coaching staff joked that Kevin Brown looked a bit different since they last saw him during his junior day visit.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety from Indianapolis arrived with much less hair, choosing a cleaner cut in favor of his previous old-style high-top fade.

"I was thinking about that… It was funny because the coaches were asking why I cut it off," Brown told BadgerBlitz.com Sunday evening. "I had it for about a year; I'll give it some consideration and maybe bring it back.

"You never know."

Brown, along with a handful of other prospects from the 2011 and 2012 class, took in UW's final installment of spring camp Saturday.

"The weekend was real nice," Brown said. "We got in there on Friday afternoon and we got a chance to see the city, something we really didn't get a chance to do on the junior day. We went to the player meetings on Saturday and we started the pre-game stuff.

"After that I talked to my position coach (Chris Ash) and then my recruiting coach (Dave Huxtable) for a little while. You know, the whole day real nice. I got to talk with a lot of the signees from the 2011 class. They just told me about the recruiting process and everything that goes along with that. It was nice to get their feedback because it's similar to what I'm going through right now."

Ash, the Badgers' first-year defensive coordinator had been Brown's primary contact, though Huxtable, in his first year as linebackers coach, has assumed that role in recent weeks.

"Coach Ash has basically been recruiting me, but the new linebackers coach is in my area right now and he's technically my recruiting coach moving forward," Brown said. "I still talk with Coach Ash a lot, though."

With three offers already in hand from Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Ball State, Brown thought he may exit Madison with his fourth. Though that didn't happen, he was aware what staff needed to see before a scholarship was presented.

"They said I'm one of the top people they're looking at but they basically want to see me moving around on the field," Brown said. "Whether it's 7-on-7's, 1-on-1's or defensive backs drills, coach Huxtable and coach Ash want to see how I move, how my hips move and how I handle myself on the field with footwork.

"Hopefully after that we can talk about a scholarship and opportunity to play for the Badgers."

With track season in full gear, Brown said he did not have any visits lined up in the near future but would like to camp at Wisconsin this summer.

"I think I'll only be doing one-day stuff from now on because I have to focus on track with sectionals and state coming up," he said.

Known scholarship offers extended to projected safeties in the 2012 class include D.J. Singleton, TaJarvis Fuller and Elijah Shumate. Florida's Dion Witty could play safety in addition to cornerback as well.

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