Brown New Day

The Mitch Mustain effect is already being felt in Louisiana as Alexandria tailback Chris Brown (5-11, 185, 4.4) talks about how much fun it would be to play college football with the nation's top prep quarterback.

You can certainly count Alexandria (La.) tailback Chris Brown as among those recruits who are very impressed that the University of Arkansas landed Mitch Mustain.

"I figured that was where he would end up going, but you just never know until it actually happens," Brown said Tuesday afternoon. "I would love to be around a guy like that. It really does mean a lot to me and boost Arkansas in my eyes."

Brown (5-11, 185, 4.4), a star himself with over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season and over 4,000 and 50 touchdowns in his career, got the chance to workout with Mustain at Arkansas' camp in June and came away very impressed.

"He is so much different and so much better from every other quarterback out there that I have been around or seen on film," Brown said. "He is the real deal. It gives Arkansas a big boost with me because going into this year there quarterback situation was a little unsettled and now they are going to have someone coming in with that star caliber, like another Matt   Jones."

Brown, who on Sunday night said that Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama were in a virtual dead heat, says the Mustain commitment has put the Razorbacks back out front.

"I'm not ready to commit yet, but like I said it gives Arkansas a boost with me," Brown said. "This means a lot to me. It really does."

Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama are the three programs Brown has most interest in with Mississippi State currently sitting fourth as another option.

""They are three great schools and programs and I feel very lucky to have a chance to play for any of the three of them," Brown said. "I'm also looking at Mississippi State."

Brown had given Arkansas the early nod after he and Alexandria teammate Will Coppage visited Fayetteville for a football camp.

"I think I was a little excited by it being my first visit there and how everything is just great at Arkansas - the coaches, the facilities and the atmosphere," Brown said. "Don't get me wrong, I still really like them. But like the other coaches said I need to look over everything before making a decision. They've all three always been very tight."

That's why right now Brown, who accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards last season, has plans to take official visits to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama and possibly Mississippi State to get a feel on just what the right decision is for him.

"I didn't go on any visits or camps this summer other than to Arkansas and Texas A&M," Brown said. "So I just really have an idea about one place that I am considering. That one place is pretty special."

It's been speculated that Arkansas might have the inside track with Brown if it goes ahead and offers Coppage - who already has a track offer from the Razorbacks - a football scholarship.

"I would like to play with him in college, that would be great," Brown said, "but we both have to make the best decision for ourselves. I know that he definitely wants to do both track and football where he goes. Some schools aren't interested in him doing both, but Arkansas is and he likes that about them."

Arkansas and Southern Miss are the only two schools that Brown says the pair have in common right now, but Southern Miss isn't really in the mix with Brown.

Breaking a tradition of having two-a-days for 40 straight years, Alexandria opted instead for one long morning practice.

"I really like it that way," Brown said. "Instead of practicing and then having to come back we get it all out of the way in the morning. You are still putting in the same time, but it just takes up one portion of the day instead of two."

Alexandria will scrimmage this Friday against Mansfield (La.) and then open the season against New Orleans' Douglas High on Sept. 3.

"We feel like we have going to have a great year," Brown said. "We're all working hard right now."

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