When I read Chris Low's column about Bryce Brown's transfer, it was almost a bigger surprise than Lane Kiffin's night train defection to USC. Brown was a great spell back for Montario Hardesty last year, amassing 597 total yards and four touchdowns. This year, under new coach Derek Dooley, he surely would have started at tailback.
No one really knows why Brown left. It's being kept under wraps like the upcoming Hobbit movie. The ESPN report said it was for personal, family reasons, so Brown may transfer to a school closer to his Wichita, Kansas home.
This list of possible schools Bryce may go to is just speculation. There has been no news reports about him visiting schools, but I wish him the best and hope he contributes at these colleges. Hopefully, up and coming backs Tauren Poole and game breaker David Oku can pick up the slack.
5. Carson Newman
This is a shocking choice because Carson Newman is a conservative Baptist school with only 2,050 students, and it's far away from any major football programs. However, the Eagles made it to the Division II semifinals and has sent players like Todd Collins to the NFL under legendary coach Ken Sparks (287 career wins).
CNU also has a soft spot for Tennessee players, acting as a kind of jail for Vols, who behave badly. One such player was James Banks, a former five star QB who got into major trouble.
Unless Bryce Brown has committed a misdemeanor (he's innocent until proven guilty), I believe Carson Newman is definitely a long shot for this talented running back's services.
If the Vols' head coach, defensive coordinator, and top recruiter can leave for balmy SoCal, why can't the future star running back? Also, Lane Kiffin and the ever so persuasive Ed Orgeron already got four big Tennessee recruits to decommit.
USC is without a doubt "The Program" in college football right now. They funnel players to the NFL and have a great strength and conditioning program. Also, Brown should get decent playing time in the future because USC lost Joe McKnight to the NFL Draft and CJ Gable and Stafon Johnson to graduation.
According to rivals.com, Bryce Brown made an official visit to Oregon in 2008. His pass catching ability would be a great asset to Jeremiah Masoli when he comes back. But Brown might not get as many carries as he likes behind another stud sophomore LaMichael James in 2011.
In fact, if he transfers to Oregon, Bryce Brown could also face Tennessee on 9/11/11 in the sweetest revenge matchup since Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi (I'm exaggerating). If he wants to be close to family in Kansas, OU isn't the best choice, but he would be a great fit in their spread offense.
Bryce originally signed a letter of intent with the U in 2009. His older brother Arthur also was a backup linebacker there for two seasons before transferring to Kansas St. But because of his relationship with coach Randy Shannon, Bryce Brown could become the first five star tailback to play for Miami since 2000's Willis McGahee.
If Graig Cooper goes pro after the 2010 season, Brown would be a great replacement, especially after a year working on his speed and strength in the southern Florida sun. This tropical destination is far from Bryce's Kansas home, but would be a great fit for his skill set.
1. Kansas State
This is the most logical choice for Bryce. His brother Arthur, a former five star recruit, will be a senior, and they could duke it out on the practice field for a year and make some memories.
Also, Manhattan is about a two hour drive from the Browns' home town of Wichita (thanks MapQuest). If there are any personal issues, he would be close to his family to help them.
Bryce would also be the crown jewel in Bill Snyder's K-State rebuilding job 2.0. By 2011, 1,000 yard rusher Dan Thomas will be gone, so he could easily win the starting spot and maybe recapture some of Coach Snyder's Wildcat glory in the late 90s and early 2000s.