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FSU makes Brown comfortable as Michigan State and he part ways

TALLAHASSEE — Chicago (Ill.) Simeon three-star wide receiver Alante Brown was committed to Michigan State on Friday when he stepped onto a plane to make his way to Tallahassee to visit Florida State. He knew at that moment, that his decision to head to see Willie Taggart’s program would likely end his relationship with the Spartans.

It didn’t matter to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound offensive athlete though, as he wanted to further evaluate his options leading up to National Signing Day.

“It was great,” Brown said. “Enjoyed the weather, I’m from Chicago, a lot of guys don’t get the opportunity to come all the way down here from Chicago.

“Great coaching staff, I love the coaching staff. Great players. I had a great time with the current players. They showed me a lot about the school and it is just a great opportunity to put on for my family and show that anybody can make it from anywhere, it don’t matter if it is coming from Chicago to Tallahassee. So it is just a big opportunity for me and my family.”

During the visit, it was explained to Brown how he would fit into Kendal Briles’ offense with the Seminoles.

“Running back and inside receiver,” Brown stated, before adding he prefers wide receivers. “But the offense that they run, I am going to be switching back-and-forth from running back to receiver. So I don’t have any problem playing here and with what they want to do with me.

“They are going to use me in a lot of ways and I’m down with it,” Brown added.

Brown added that they would use his speed effectively.

He also spent time with head coach Willie Taggart during the visit.

“Getting to know him, getting to know me,” Brown said of his meeting with Taggart. “Telling him about the visit and everything. It was a real good experience. A lot of coaches just want to tell you what you want to hear, he was being straight-up with me and everything. It was a good experience and a good talk.”

He was hosted on the official visit by tight end Camren McDonald.

With the visit wrapping up, he shared his overall thoughts on FSU.

“I loved it. I loved this. Got a great feeling about the school. Got one more visit coming up, so I probably won’t be making a decision before like Tuesday or Monday before Signing Day,” Brown added.

It is clear though that FSU has made a move with him, as they put him at ease during the visit.

“Just feeling comfortable,” Brown stated was a highlight of the visit. “When I came here, I feel like I can be here. That is one of the biggest things just feeling comfortable coming here all the way from Chicago. The coaching staff, how much they get along with each other and see that they stick together no matter what. So if they have a plan, everybody is on-board. … It is just a great feeling all-around.”

Before making a final decision, which Brown said will come on the days leading up to National Signing Day if not on National Signing Day, Brown said another visit is likely. A destination hasn’t been decided. He confirmed that a few of the other schools in the running are Iowa State, Pitt, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

He admitted it would be tough for another program to top this visit.

“It would be a little tougher, because I’ve seen a lot that I like,” Brown said.

Brown added that he expects an in-home visit from FSU and head coach Willie Taggart on Tuesday of this week.

FSU claims one of three predictions on the 247Sports.com Crystal Ball for Brown. Michigan State still claims one, while the other is foggy.

The 247Sports.com Composite Rankings consider him the No. 80 wide receiver in the nation. 247Sports.com is much higher on him, ranking him as a four-star prospect, No. 215 overall in the nation and as the No. 27 wide receiver in the 2019 class.

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