A vast majority of those prospects chasing Division I dreams have to hope for the best. But, each year a small group of elite prospects gets to control their own destiny. Jabari Brown is one of those guys who is in total control.
Brown is certainly no secret. The five-star shooting guard is among the nation's premier wing scorers and hasn't lacked for attention in quite some time.
The attention has only intensified as he's entered into the visit process. So far, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Oakland (Calif.) High has hosted Arizona State, Washington and Connecticut for in-home visits. Georgia Tech will be in on Tuesday and Oregon stops by on Thursday.
Over the weekend, Brown took his first official visit and checked out what Lorenzo Romar and Washington had to offer.
"I pretty much saw what I expected to see," Brown told Rivals.com. "I went out there and they are good guys. Coach Romar and the coaching staff are close to the players. It was a real nice family atmosphere."
Having already been on Washington's campus, Brown said that the visit was more about getting a feel for how things are on a day-to-day basis. The relationships between coaches, players, the campus community and access to tools to get better are things that he'll be looking at closely over the next three weekends when he visits UConn, Oregon and Georgia Tech.
"One thing that is big for me, and just from hearing from other guys, is sitting in with the players," said Brown. "You have to be around those guys and live with them and you have to get along with them. Also seeing the type of access you are going to have to facilities so that you can work on your game and get better is important."
Very mature and exact in his approach to the recruiting process, Brown credits a great support team for schooling him on what to expect and what to look for.
"I think part of it is my AAU coach (Mark Olivier) because he's been through all of this," said Brown of why he's been so meticulous. "My parents are definitely a good influence too because they are asking good questions."
Long considered by many to be a heavy lean to Washington, Brown refused to name a leader. He's doing everything he can to look at each school openly and is fully understanding of the power he's wielding in determining his future.
"I'm really looking into this hard," said Brown. "This decision does effect the rest of your life and you don't it want it to be the wrong one."