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Texas DB target Chris Brown releases top three schools

The competition for the Longhorns is now more clear.

Charlie Strong and Chris Brown
Charlie Strong and Chris Brown
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Ahead of an official visit to see the Texas Longhorns this weekend, Alief Elsik defensive back Chris Brown released his list of top three schools on Tuesday evening via Twitter:

The 5'11, 183-pounder is coming off an official visit to Gainesville last weekend and tripped to Ann Arbor in late November. Since the Texas official visit will be his fifth and final, he's eliminated Arizona State and UCLA, the other two schools he traveled to on official visits during the fall.

Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, and tight ends coach Jeff Traylor all had an in-home visit with Brown and his teammate, linebacker Dontavious Jackson, on Monday evening:

It's quite possible that the two could end up playing together in college. In fact, Brown's top three is identical to three of the schools in Jackson's top five that he released on Monday.

Though Brown's recruitment hasn't been as mysterious as those of defensive tackle Marcel Southall and running back Kyle Porter, there isn't a strong consensus on where Brown might be headed -- his 247Sports Crystal Ball only features three predictions for Texas at this time, but all of those came last summer.

He's certainly been willing to demonstrate his interest in the Longhorns, visiting for the Junior Day last February and then in June, making the Under the Lights camp in July, and taking an unofficial visit with Jackson in November. The June visit resulted in his long-awaited offer from Texas.

Even if Brown isn't considered a prospect on the level of the two main safety targets, Brandon Jones and Deontay Anderson, he does bring an intriguing skill set to the table that has kept him on the Texas radar -- he's physical enough to play safety, but has the instincts and ball skills to play some cornerback in coverage, as evidenced by his five interceptions as a junior. Brown also broke up five passes and forced two fumbles.

With Jones and Anderson uncommitted, cornerback commit Obi Eboh coming off an official visit to Stanford last weekend, and Waco cornerback Eric Cuffee still a likely pledge, there are plenty of moving parts at defensive back for the Longhorns, even with National Signing Day rapidly approaching.

Considered a consensus three-star prospect, Brown is the No. 425 player nationally, the No. 24 safety, and the No. 67 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Throughout his recruitment, he's accumulated nearly 25 offers and will decide on National Signing Day.

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