Brown nixes KSU, accepts Tennessee's offer

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Top running back Bryce Brown announced his long-awaited decision Monday by accepting a scholarship offer from Tennessee.

Brown chose the Volunteers and new coach Lane Kiffin over a group of finalists that included LSU, Oregon and Kansas State.

Scouts Inc. ranks Brown No. 8 in the ESPNU 150 and he is the second-ranked running back on the list.

Brown has visited Tennessee twice in the past month, including a trip to the watch the Volunteers' first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday. That's made many observers believe that he could be headed there to join Lane Kiffin's team.

Brown's personal trainer and adviser Brian Butler announced the decision on his Web site potentialplayers.com and also at a press conference in his hometown of Wichita, Kan.

"After long prayer, fasting, and numerous visits, the No. 1 player in the country Bryce Brown decided on where he will play college football," the Web site reported. "The school that he chooses will be Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers.

I don't know what fasting had to do with Brown's decision, except maybe make himself a little more svelte after all the recruiting dinners he had ingested over the last several months. And I also found it interesting that Kiffin was placed before the Volunteers in the official announcement.

Brown's decision is a disappointing one for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who could have made his rebuilding job a lot quicker by attracting one of the nation's premier backs.

Instead, he'll have to find another featured back on his own roster as he prepares to build the Wildcats back from their 5-7 finish last season -- the fourth time in the last five seasons they have failed to qualify for a bowl game.