A year ago, Shelbyville's David Brown enjoyed a solid junior campaign playing a wingback spot in the Bears' Wing T offense. While he excelled against his high school competition, Brown wasn't getting the attention from college coaches. The probable reason was that Brown is not the fastest of RBs in the world and the position didn't showcase his strenght - running the ball between the tackles.
So his senior season brought about a new opportunity - fullback - and Brown was up to the challenge.
"It was a good move," he said. "When you are a wing, most of your runs are on the outside. But the move to FB made coaches notice that I could run between the tackles and still have the speed to run on the outside as well."
The result for Brown has been 1,220 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns so far on the season for Shelbyville, who has lost but one game on the year. Also from it came the attention of college coaches and then an offer from Ball State.
"I only got the Ball State offer," Brown said of his recruiting experience. "But coaches from some Mid-American Conference schools and even Big Ten schools had started to take notice."
Brown was offered by Ball State in September and it didn't take long for David to make up his mind.
"After they offered, I really took a strong look at them," he said. "They have a great business program that is national recognized. I want to study business and it was a perfect fit for me. Then I attended the homecoming game against Kent State and I realized that everything football wise was there too. It was truly a perfect fit for me."
With his choice out of the way, David can now focus on getting his team deep into the Indiana Class 4A State Tournament. The Bears are coming off an easy win over Franklin County and are prepping for East Central, another highly ranked team in their class.
Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we track David and Shelbyville's tournament run.