Top national football recruit Bryce Brown said he has decided to take his last of five official visits to the University of Miami -- but that decision might be too late.
Citing an anonymous source ''involved in recruiting the running back,'' The Associated Press reported UM will not reissue its athletic scholarship offer to Brown when his national letter of intent expires Wednesday.
Brown wrote Tuesday night on the website poten tialplayers.com that he planned to visit UM during spring practice March 3-5 ``to see how the coaches interact with the players at practice and look at how the new offense is coming along. And most importantly spend some time with my brother [UM linebacker Arthur Brown].''
Bryce Brown, a running back rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 overall prospect, also officially visited Missouri, Oregon, Clemson and Tennessee. He wants to make an unofficial visit to LSU the weekend of Feb. 27. Brown declined to choose a school Feb. 4, known as National Signing Day. However, the signing period officially ends April 1.
Brown's father, Arthur Sr., told The Miami Herald on Tuesday night that he spoke with UM coach Randy Shannon on Monday to relay Bryce's plans to visit UM and that the end of Brown's ''process'' was nearing. He said he told Shannon that Bryce would start a seven-day liquid fast when he returned from UM to gain clarity and would choose his school March 16.
''Coach Shannon expressed the need to talk to Bryce,'' Arthur Sr. said. ``He had some concerns. He did not appear to be upset. I told him I'd tell Bryce to call him.
``I have no doubt he's still interested in Miami and he's still committed to Miami. But when he committed last February he said he was still going to take his five official visits, and there was absolutely no pressure put on him by Miami.''
Brown's trainer and advisor, Brian Butler, said Tuesday that Bryce spoke to Shannon in the morning and their conversation was positive.
''He's looking forward to seeing what's going on with spring ball and how the offense is doing,'' Butler said.
UM has a new offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple, who visited Bryce once. ''We basically talked X's and O's, that was it,'' Brown told Rivals.com on Feb. 10. ``. . . I honestly really didn't get a great, great feel for it. . . . Inside something was telling me that, you know, it's not really, like, his philosophy, how he does things, is not really what I like. But he did say he saw my talent.''
When it was suggested to Arthur Sr. that UM might not reissue the offer because Bryce's ''process'' might be perceived as arrogant and disrespectful, he said, ``That's their prerogative. They have the right. I understand the letter of intent is only good for 14 days, and typically they reissue it. But if that doesn't happen it's out of my control.
``Personally, I wish this would have been over Feb. 4. But that was only the beginning of the signing period. It ends April 1. This has nothing to do with anything other than Bryce feeling confident with his decision. He's 17. For him to make a decision prematurely is not fair to him.''
Miami Herald sportswriter Manny Navarro contributed to this report.