Three FBS schools out of the MAC offered Brendan Pyne, and Alabama and Michigan offered preferred walk-on status.
On Tuesday, Pyne said … “Nope, nope, nope and no thank you” and opted to join the recruiting class and program at BR-57 Brown University. He’s one of the many recruits these days who is opting for the Ivy League and winning a regular season conference title versus going to a school and hoping to one day play in a bowl game in front of an empty stadium on Dec. 21st. Pyne plays at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton (Fla.), where countless elite prospects train and play. He is listed as a 3-star prospect and had offers from Ohio University, Buffalo and Miami (Ohio). FCS Delaware also has offered.
He is one of the highest ranked FCS commitments in America.
“I had to make a decision that is the best fit for me, and its a 40-year decision,” Pyne told HERO Sports Tuesday afternoon shortly after the decision, echoing a sentiment many Ivy League recruits say. “I love all the coaches at Brown. It feels like home for me. It is exciting to be playing for the Ivy League championship.”
Pyne joins four other known players who plan to head to the Rhode Island school. RB Andrew Bolton of New York, OL Nick Allsop of Massachusetts, WR Ryan Scotti out of California and WR Spencer Hemmingway out of Atlanta are the others. OL Alex Gourley had previously been on board, but some things have changed with his status and he told HERO Sports on Tuesday that he is exploring other options.