Rivals Roundtable: Greg Brown, instant impact commits, more

Corey Evans, Dan McDonald, Russ Wood, Rivals.com
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This week in the Rivals Roundtable, Russ Wood, Dan McDonald and Corey Evans have plenty to discuss in the recruiting world. Do they think the local program is the one to beat for Greg Brown? Which recent commit will make the greatest impact as a freshman? And who deserves the biggest bump in the next Rivals150?

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1. Who is the favorite for five-star Greg Brown, and who would you name a dark horse?

McDonald: I’d say Texas has the best shot at signing the five-star small forward. Shaka Smart has been recruiting him the hardest for the longest and has the family ties in his favor. If I had to pick a dark horse to keep him away from the Longhorns, it'd probably be North Carolina. The Tar Heels had him in town for the Duke game last year and made a strong impression. This one will be interesting to track over the next several months.

Wood: I like Texas here. Brown lives minutes away from the Forty Acres and he is a great fit for how Shaka wants to play. Then again Brown is a great fit just about anywhere. Auburn is my dark horse – you will never catch me counting out Bruce Pearl.

Evans: Texas is the favorite for now, at least in my eyes. I don’t believe that a commitment is anytime near and would be very, very surprised if he commits before the late signing period in April. The local program has recruited Brown the longest out of any of his finalists and kudos must be given to Smart for taking it upon himself to develop a personal relationship with the phenomenal athlete.

If there is anyone that could step in and take Brown away from Texas, keep an eye on Memphis. The Tigers have developed a great rapport with him and if things go well this season and the roster construction aligns, Memphis could walk away with the signature of the five-star prospect.

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2. Which recent commit could make the biggest impact next season?

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