Arkansas junior college cornerback commit Kweishi Brown of Grossmont College has been able to catch the Razorbacks on television from California this season and has come away with one big assessment.
"I think I can help right away," said Brown, a lock down cover corner who committed to Arkansas in July on his official visit. "I can't wait to get there and do my part to help the defense become what it needs to be to compete in the SEC."
Arkansas won its first three games, but has lost its last four straight – the last three to top 20 teams – and must go to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
"They started off great winning those first three games and doing some really good things," Brown said. "But it's clear to me that they have had some things go against them and they just have not been mentally tough enough to overcome that adversity.
"You have to move on to the next play and not think about that last play," Brown added. "I think they have just quit fighting as much after that and that can't happen. I know the coaching staff is trying to get more guys there who will fight through to the next play."
Brown (6-0, 190) is one of 17 commitments that Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his staff have lined up in the 2014 class to continue rebuilding the Razorback program.
"I know this is a great coaching staff at Arkansas and they have shown that with the success they have had before," Brown said. "It is just a matter of getting enough mentally tough guys in there to make the transition. You can see they are on their way to doing that with the younger guys they signed in the last recruiting class."
Brown, who is a former teammate of current Arkansas fullback Patrick Arinze, is not a mid-term graduate.
"I will have to wait until June to be there, but I will come in ready to help right away once I do get there," Brown said.
While other schools such as co-finalist Kansas State have continued to check on Brown's interest in rethinking his position, he remains solidly a Razorback.
"There is no doubt that I am going to be at Arkansas," Brown said. "Like I said, I am coming to help Coach B and the coaching staff get to where they want to be."
Brown has 26 tackles and Southern Conference-leading 4 interceptions and around 10 passes broken up so far this season for a 4-2 team.
This follows up a freshman season in which he had 28 tackles, 7 interceptions (one he took 79 yard backs for a touchdown) and 8 pass break ups.
"I feel like I have played pretty well, but you can always continue to work on your technique, your positioning, your recognition of plays and just your overall game," Brown said.
"But I do feel like I have been very good in coverage and also am really proud of how I have come down and filled holes and done a good job tackling," Brown added.
The Griffins started the season with blowout wins over Desert (65-14) – with Brown picking off a pair of passes - and San Diego Mesa (63-7), but were stunned by Citrus 39-14 in the third game of the season.
"We had such big wins those first two weeks that I think we got a little full of ourselves and didn't go out with the intensity that we should have at Citrus," Brown said. "But we bounce back and got back on the right track."
Grossmont then whipped Santa Ana 37-35 and Orange Coast 77-19.
In the Santa Ana win, Brown had five tackles, an interception, four pass break ups and also returned an extra point attempt 98 yards for a two-point conversion that sealed the win.
The mini-winning streak ended last Saturday when the Griffins lost to Mt. San Antonio 34-31.
"We only gave up three points after halftime so I am going to focus on that while making sure we get our mistakes corrected," Brown said. "The key thing is we are still undefeated in conference play (2-0) and all of our goals are still right there in front of us."
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