Interview with the Latest Buff Commit

Colorado appears to have found themselves a corner with great size that is a tremendous athlete. Jalil Brown came in for an official visit last weekend, committed to the Buffs, and plans on signing his letter of intent early next week. The Phoenix product had an interesting situation that prevented him from being more heavily recruited. We get the full story on the newest Buff.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
40 time: 4.45
Bench: 300
Squat: 430
From: Phoenix, Arizona
High School: South Mountain

As a senior, Jalil Brown rushed for 1,910 yards and 26 touchdowns. On defense, at free safety, he had one interception. On special teams, he had one kickoff return and one punt return for touchdowns. Brown set the state 5A single game rushing record with 412 yards against Central High. He also had six touchdowns that game.

Brown had an interesting situation pertaining to recruiting since he is home-schooled and only played sports at South Mountain. "I have been home-schooled by my mom and grandpa since the second grade," he explains. "I took a few courses at South Mountain Community College, but that's it. Last year, it was hard for some schools to get my transcripts together because my grades are in different places so some rumor got out that I had grade issues. I have always had good grades so it was never a problem. I did have some schools looking at me like Tennessee, Hawaii, Arizona State, Oregon State, and South Dakota before the rumor got out.

"Colorado, especially Coach (Greg) Brown, stuck with me despite the rumor. Colorado found out about me because Coach Brown's younger brother coaches at Greenway and told him about me. So Coach Brown came to South Mountain to watch some tape of me and said he really liked me. He said he thinks I have what it takes to have a good shot at getting to the league. He is an excellent coach with a great background so I am excited to play for him. He also told me about Coach Hawkins' winning percentage and that got me excited."

The Phoenix corner visited CU this past weekend. "When I went up there for the visit with my dad last weekend, I was really impressed. I like how Colorado focuses on individual athletes and focuses on grades. I also have family out there so it is a real good fit. I committed to them and my signing papers should be here tomorrow. I'll send them back early next week."

Oregon State was also after Brown, but he is not going to visit like they are requesting.

Besides the Buffs and Beavers, Arizona State may have been showing the heaviest attention. "ASU came in on me late in the process and told me I was a great athlete and they wished they could sign me, but they already had three running backs they were signing and a few defensive backs and that they were deciding between me and one other player for a scholarship. They asked me to come out and work out for them this summer but I am done now, I am going to Colorado."

Besides a quality football player, the Buffs are getting a strong track athlete. In track, his best 100 meter time is 10.87, 200 time is 21.9 and 400 time is 49 seconds. These were all ran at recent track events. Brown also plays basketball.

While CU likes him as a corner, he has never really played the position. "I played a little bit there my sophomore year and a little in pop warner. Colorado tells me they could also use me at safety - probably free safety. But, they say I will get my first look at corner. I plan on being up there as soon as I can this summer to get a jump on things."

He becomes the third corner prospect in the 2006 class, but Jonathan Hawkins will not be coming in until next spring.

Brown carries a 3.1 core GPA and scored a 1470 on the SAT. He would like to major in Business Management and Sociology.

He'll be participating in the Arizona All-Star game this June.

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