2004 Signee: Raymond Brown

Brown relieved to sign LOI; impressed with academic concerns of coaching staff.

Mangino added one JuCo and one high school player at safety -- Rodney Harris from San Barnardino Community College and Raymond Brown of Cardinal Ritter College Prep.

Brown was relieved to sign his LOI.

"It felt good to sign and get that off my chest. I know where I will be and can move on to other things," explained Brown.

Brown has a lot of other things to occupy his attention. The vice president of the student council also plays the 3 guard on his high school basketball team.

"I think I have a lot of all around athletic ability. Wherever the KU coaching staff wants to put me, I am really ready to contribute," stated Brown. "Whatever the coaches think is best."

As a quarterback, he completed 46 passes for 1,001 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 243 yards, and had 210 yards receiving. On defense, he made 57 solo tackles, had 10 assists and made two interceptions.

In addition to basketball Brown lifts weights three times a week with other Division I signees from his area. Before heading to Lawrence, Brown plans to intensify those efforts.

"I'll take my work out schedule up a notch so I am in the best physical shape possible when I show up on campus," said Brown.

The All-Region player has more than football on his mind though.

"Every time I talked to anyone on the coaching staff, they always talked to me about academics and not just athletics. That really impressed me, that concern with academics," said Brown.

The 190 lb Brown plans to arrive this summer and begin training, as well as taking a summer course.

"I think that will help me, to take that first class when I have more time to focus on it and make that change to being a student athlete in this conference. I need to stay on top of things academically."

Brown plans to major in entreprenuel studies and/or business administration.

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