Brown's New Love

Arkansas appears to be in very good shape with Alexandria (La.) tailback Chris Brown, who throughly enjoyed his visit to Fayetteville this weekend.

Alexandria (La.) tailback Chris Brown already knew he liked the University of Arkansas before he even stepped on campus for the first time.

Now after a couple of days in Fayetteville for the UA Seniors Camp, he's in love.

"This is my first time here and I just I love it," Brown said Saturday. "It's a beautiful place, it's nice and calm, they've got great facilities and I couldn't like the coaches more. They are very nice, very generous and just good people and that's what I really want to be around."

Brown (5-10, 190, 4.4), who rushed for 1,998 yards, had 23 touchdowns and accumulated 2,100 all-purpose yards last season, already has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and TCU.

"Arkansas has basically been in my top spot ever since they first contacted me," Brown said. "I'm still looking a little at Oklahoma and Alabama, but Arkansas is definitely above them. I think I'll take a few official visits, but there is so much to love about this place."

Brown, who burst on the scene as a freshman and has rushed for 4,414 yards and 50 touchdowns already in his career, takes pride in not just being a ballcarrier.

"I think my best strengths are not only my ability to run, but the fact that I also block and catch very well," Brown said. "I want to be as well round as I can be. Any running back can run, but you got to be able to do everything to be successful on the next level and the best time to get started with that is when you are in high school, not when you get on the next level."

Alexandria went 10-2 last season before falling in the second round of the state playoffs according to Brown, who has a 33-inch vertical jump.

"We have a lot of people coming back," Brown said. "We lost our free safety to Oklahoma, but we have a lot of experience coming back on the d-line and the o-line and a lot of talented skill people. We should be very good and make a run for the state championship this year."

One of those is his buddy Will Coppage (6-3, 180), who also attended the UA camp and may get a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks as well.

"He's got speed, size and jumping ability," Brown said. "He can go get the ball. I love playing with him. It takes a lot off me to know if I am running around the corner, he is going be blocking for me and that's one less guy I don't have to worry about.

"I hope Arkansas offers him and I would love to play in college with him," Brown said. "But even if they didn't, that wouldn't be something that kept me from coming here."

Brown didn't rule out making a decision quick, but thinks it's more likely he will wait until taking an official trip to Arkansas and possibly one other place before pulling that trigger.

"I think that I will probably wait and take those official visits before I do something," Brown said. "But this place here, it's going to be very hard to beat."


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