Mack Brown: Two Schools on Top

Mack Brown is one hot prospect with one hot ticket. The Shawnee Mission North quarterback is getting looks from teams all over the Big 12, and this weekend will take a look at two of the conference's top rivals.

Brown plans to be in Lawrence on Saturday night when two of his top college choices square off in the annual “Sunflower Showdown.”

“I’m coming down to the KU / K-State game,” Brown said.  “It should be a good one.”

Mack Brown has been to Memorial Stadium before, but is still looking forward to checking out what should be a great game day atmosphere at one of the schools he lists in his top two.

Colorado and KU are separated at the top,” Brown explained.  “Colorado is probably a little ahead of KU right now because I’ve been out there this year already.  Those two are on top though, and then the rest are a notch below.”

The rest of the best include North Carolina State, Kansas State, Tulsa, Iowa State, Wyoming and Ball State.  So far, Brown’s only two offers are from Colorado and Ball State.  The senior signal caller thinks more offers will roll in once he proves his mobility is not a concern.

“Colorado and Ball state have offered.  The rest are pretty much just wanting to see my mobility.  I think I’ve proven that (I’m mobile).  I just got my senior film sent out two days ago.”

While several schools are hoping to see more proof of mobility out of Brown, there are plenty of things he’s hoping to see out of them.  The Shawnee Mission North standout described what he’s looking for in his ideal school.

“I’m looking at what kind of offense they’re going to run,” Brown said.  “I’ll also consider how well I like the coaches, although so far, I’ve liked every coach. Everyone is nice to you during the recruiting process, though. I’ll also look at what kind of school it is, what the players are like, the atmosphere on game day and those sort of things.”

After Brown checks out the game day atmosphere in Lawrence this weekend, he could also scope out home games in Manhattan and Tulsa.  While those unofficial visits are still up in the air, it’s looking like a pretty good bet that Brown’s decision won’t likely come until December.

“I’m probably going to wait until after the season, take a couple of visits and then decide.  This fall, I might try to go down to K-State or Tulsa.  I’m not sure.  I’ll just see how it pans out.”

While Brown is definitely thinking about his college decision, such thoughts pale in comparison to the importance of focusing on the challenge at hand.  Brown is currently the leader of a team coached by his father, Sam Brown, and it’s an Indians team with high aspirations.

“We’re off to a 3-2 start.  We got beat by Olathe South and Olathe East which are both good teams.  I think we’re starting to pull together and find our identity really.  I think we’ve got a chance to surprise some people.”

It’s been a good season individually for Brown as well.  So far, the coach’s kid lacks just one yard to reach the 1,000 yard plateau just five games into the season.

“I’ve passed for 999 yards.  I was trying to get our stat guy to throw an extra yard on there just so I could have an even thousand,” Brown said with a laugh.

As for what it’s like being the son of the head coach, Brown says it’s no big deal for him and he hopes it isn’t for anyone else either.

“It’s fun (being coached by my father).  Some people look at it and wonder, but once they get over it, it’s all good.”

Mack is all good as well and whichever school lands his services will get a great young quarterback prospect.


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