“I’m really excited to know that I will eventually be a Jayhawk,” said Aaron Brown who will make his commitment official on national signing day on February 2nd.
The pick of Kansas came largely because of a very successful visit that Brown recently made to Lawrence. The Mayde Creek High talent meshed well with his future Kansas teammates during his brief stay.
“When I went on my visit it was a great group of guys I met at KU,” Brown shared. “I went up on a bad time because most of the students were gone for break, but the guys who did stay around took care of us and showed us a good time. I felt really comfortable and wasn’t shy to talk about certain things and they weren’t either. It was a great visit and felt like a really good fit for me.”
The high school track star who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash feels he will fit in perfectly at Kansas.
“I think I can prove a lot. I’m not the type of guy to brag and say when I get there we’re going to win a bunch more games, but I think me being on the Kansas team will better the program overall. I feel like I can fit in and make a difference.”
That difference might have to be made in 2006 given the depth Kansas currently has at running back. Should the coaching staff ask Brown to take a red-shirt, the Katy, TX talent would likely agree.
“I would like to play my freshman year, but the tailbacks that are there now are really good, extremely good,” Brown admitted. “So, it’s not like I’m going to come in and just push them out of the way. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, but it’s not a walk in the park either. If I had to red-shirt, I’d be willing.”
Brown also feels he can contribute at KU at other spots beyond strictly the running back position.
“I haven’t really talked to the staff about where I’ll be playing,” said Brown. “I just know my main position will be tailback but I don’t know if it’ll branch out to much more or not. I might play a little bit of receiver. I’m also pretty good on the other side of the ball. I can play safety and in high school I was a punt and kick returner.”
Whichever spot Brown winds up playing, he’ll just be glad to be back on the field. The Lone Star state stud missed almost his entire senior season with an ankle injury.
“I injured my ankle right before the season started. It was a bone fracture and every time I thought it was getting better it wouldn’t go in my favor,” said Brown.
“I’m perfectly fine now. I’ve been practicing track for a while and it hasn’t been bothering me.”
Brown wound up playing just one game in the fall of 2004. So, how did he fare in that one contest?
“I carried the ball 17 times for 220 yards and scored two touchdowns.”
Not too shabby – especially considering he was still playing through the pain of his sore ankle. No one knows if Brown will ever put up those kind of numbers at Kansas, but one thing is for sure, Brown is thrilled to be coming to KU. When asked what message he’d like to tell his new fans in Kansas, Brown offered up the following.
“I’d just like them to know that I’m really glad to be a Jayhawk and can’t wait until this coming fall. I believe I can do pretty good at Kansas.”
Part of Brown’s excitement to arrive on campus this summer is the chance to play for a coaching staff that impressed him immensely during his recruitment.
“They were perfect,” Brown said of the Kansas coaches. “They were funny and fun to be around. I found them to be very easy to relate to. Plus, they didn’t pressure me. I’d say we have a really good connection.”
Brown thinks the quality leadership at KU will produce many winning seasons in the years ahead.
“I really do (think KU’s program is on the rise). Last year they went to the Tangerine Bowl and this year they may have struggled a little bit, but by my sophomore and junior year we’ll be winning a lot of games.”
And you can bet Brown will be loving every minute of it as he realizes his dream of contributing to a quality D-1 football program.