Dorian Brown, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect from Thompson Valley High School, already has his focus on improving for the 2011 season. He's hitting the weight room hard, hoping to add another five or 10 pounds of muscle while retaining his 4.4 speed.
Brown is a versatile player best known for his overpowering running for the Thompson Valley football team. He has been the primary offensive threat on his team for two years now and still hasn't been stopped consistently by opponents. He has rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his sophomore and junior seasons combined and his efforts have earned him attention from in-state schools Colorado and Colorado State. He also is hearing from what he estimates to be 15 major programs across the nation.
Brown said he has no official offers but has been told by CSU coaches that he will receive an offer from the Rams.
Brown said he doesn't really have a plan in place for handling recruiting over the next year. He said he has a list of his five favorite schools at this point and hopes to be able to visit all of them. They are Oregon, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Tennessee. He said he has been in contact with all five of those schools.
"I'd be happy if I found the school I really liked and found it soon so that I could eliminate all the other colleges and just make it easier," Brown said.
Some prospects like the idea of leaving their home state and experiencing new parts of the country. Others prefer playing college ball close to home. Brown says he can see himself doing either.
"I like the idea of leaving and starting fresh," he said. "It's kind of like the college experience, but it would be kind of nice to stay home so most of my family could come watch my games."
Brown said he has received several letters from Colorado, including an invitation to Junior Day on Saturday when he is expecting to learn more about the program.
Brown played in an offense that rarely passed the ball the past two seasons. But he said he can catch the ball out of the backfield and looks forward to doing more of that at the college level. He was used in a Wildcat offense at times, taking direct snaps from center and making decisions with the ball. He said he even completed a few passes during a tough junior season in which his team went 0-10.