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February 26, 2009The father of Bryce Brown, the nation's No. 1 player, said reports of his son dropping Miami and narrowing his choices to LSU and Kansas State are not true.
The Miami Herald reported in a blog posted on its Web site that a source familiar with the decision process said Thursday morning that Brown had eliminated the Hurricanes. However, Arthur Brown Sr., Bryce's father, said the report is inaccurate.
"That's not true," Brown told Rivals.com Thursday. "That's categorically false."
Brown and Bryce's mentor, Brian Butler, both confirmed that plans for a visit to LSU this weekend are still on schedule, but there has been a complication that might make a final visit to Miami scheduled for next week difficult.
"We just had a death in the family," Brown said. "My whole intention was to take this visit this week (to LSU), then when Bryce comes back he would fly to Miami Tuesday for an unofficial visit. With everything that's going on and the funeral arrangements that are being made, I'm not sure even if that's going to be possible."
"With all this going on I'm not really sure we're going to be able to keep that time frame. I know we want to wrap this all up. But to answer your question about Miami, Miami is definitely still strongly under consideration, and he's committed.
Butler echoed the Brown's thoughts on Miami.
"Bryce has not dropped Miami," Butler said. "Bryce has talked to the coaches, let them know that Miami is still definitely still under his consideration and that he's still committed to Miami. He has not dropped Miami."
Brown already has taken visits to Clemson, Oregon, Tennessee, Kansas State and Missouri, and Clemson and Missouri appear to be no longer under consideration. Brown will announce his decision March 12 at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.