He came to Coral Gables as the nation's No. 1 linebacker in 2008. Now, Arthur Brown is leaving before even really getting on the field.
According to UM's sports information deparment, Brown is not enrolled in classes this semester and has returned home to Wichita, Kansas. "It is unknown if he'll be returning, but he has not requested a transfer," UM SID Mark Pray told our Susan Miller Degnan moments ago.
Neither Brown, his father, or mentor Bryce Butler have been reached for comment.
Brown (6-2, 200) played in all 13 games for UM this past season, mostly on special teams and finished the year with 13 tackles. He recovered a key fumble in a win at Wake Forest.
He came to UM from Wichita East High as the top prospect in the country according to Scout.com. He was selected a Parade All-American and named to USA Today's All-American team. Despite starring in high school, Brown had trouble picking up more complex defenses in college. Junior Sean Spence told me earlier this season Brown had trouble recognizing when the run was coming and when the pass was coming and was often slow to react.
Now, the question becomes will Brown return?
The Hurricanes have recruited five linebackers in this class and are losing just one starter at the position, senior Darryl Sharpton. Spence, Jordan Futch (returning from a torn ACL), senior Colin McCarthy and junior Ramon Buchanon saw the majority of snaps last year for the Canes at linebacker. Freshman linebacker Tyrone Cornelius is already on campus.