Spring Valley's Brown picks leis over snowflakes

High school athletes look at many factors when deciding what college to attend.

The school's reputation, coaching staff, playing style and academic programs usually play a role.

For Spring Valley football standout Corbin Brown, he went back to the basics in choosing between Hawaii and Wisconsin.

"Wherever I want to live the next four years, it's not really that much of a comparison between Wisconsin and Hawaii," said Brown, who orally committed to play for the Warriors on Sept. 17, two days after Hawaii trounced UNLV 49-14 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Climate wasn't the only thing Brown considered when choosing Hawaii.

"It's just that feeling I had inside," said Brown, a safety. "I got along a lot better with the Hawaii coaches. We talked more often, and we were a lot closer."

Brown was a second-team all-state selection as a junior after recording 104 total tackles, breaking up 10 passes and intercepting six passes.

Oral commitments are nonbinding. Brown officially can sign during the football signing period, which begins Feb. 6.

• GATOR COMMITMENTS -- While Spring Valley's Brown chose nice weather, Green Valley baseball player Matt Harrison chose a perennial national championship contender.

Harrison orally committed to play at North Carolina, which has finished No. 2 in the nation the past two seasons.

Harrison, a shortstop/pitcher, batted .347 with six homers and 36 RBIs last season. On the mound, he was 7-2 with a 5.86 ERA.

Harrison was a second-team All-Southern Nevada selection as a pitcher and a second-team All-Sunrise Region pick at shortstop.

Harrison officially can sign during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 14.

Harrison's teammate, outfielder Nick Melino, also made his college choice, committing to the College of Southern Nevada. Melino was a second-team all-state selection as a junior after hitting .457 with two homers and 33 RBIs.

• GAEL COMMITMENT -- Darriel Gaynor became the second girls basketball player from Bishop Gorman to make her college choice.

Gaynor orally committed to play at Oregon. Gorman center Ashley Gayle committed to play at Texas earlier this fall.

Gaynor helped the Gaels to their second consecutive state title last season. She averaged 15 points, 6.2 assists and 5.0 steals per game in earning second-team all-state honors.

Gaynor also is the second area girls player to commit to a Pacific-10 school. Durango's Lindy La Rocque committed to play at Stanford.

• ON THE AIR -- Friday's football game between Centennial and Palo Verde will be broadcast on KDWN-AM (720) beginning at 7 p.m.