Prized Recruit Reneges On The U

Prized recruit chooses Tennessee over Miami

With any luck, Bryce Brown will choose to wear jersey No. 1 when he suits up for the wrong colored orange in 2009.

In Miami, he has officially become publicly enemy No. 1.

The prized recruit finally made official what many in Canes' Nation had feared for months. The teenager reneged on his commitment to the U to play for the Tennessee Volunteers, in a move that annoys as much as it disappoints.

Brown, the enigmatic and aloof prodigy running back, had vowed to play football in Coral Gables almost 13 months ago and repeatedly reassured the school and its coaches that his heart was with Miami football. But things changed when Brown and a team of advisers went into seclusion as other top recruits around the nation took to the spotlight during National Signing Day.

Brown, the top rated running back in the nation and arguably the best high school football player in the country, flirted with just about every football powerhouse school and its sister before finally pulling out a burnt orange baseball cap with a white "T" embroidered on the front.

Perhaps that stands for traitor.

According to the Miami Herald, Brown pulled out a UM cap and handed it to his older brother, Arthur, who is a Cane linebacker, and said, "This is for you."

Arthur should have speared him on the spot.

The signing boosts an already talent-packed recruiting class coup for UT first-year coach Lane Kiffin, who was run out of town in his first attempt as a pro head coach with the Raiders.

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