Garland defensive end Chad Brown visited the campus of the ULM Warhawks this past Saturday night and told WarhawkNation he was so impressed he was very close to committing. "ULM is very high on my list", Chad told WNation Saturday night before the ULM/North Texas game. Brown confirmed those thoughts today as he becomes the eight member of ULM's 2009 recruiting class, and a big one at the DE position.
Brown 6'4 240 took in the Warhawks 35-23 victory over rival North Texas this past weekend. "Monroe is a nice town, I really like the campus and the stadium". I got to go into the locker room after the game and just hang out with some of the players. It was great, the players came right up to me and introduced themselves, made me feel welcome".
"After I left ULM I went back home and thought about it, called Coach Wells today and told him I wanted to commit".
What sold Chad on the program?
"The coaching staff and the players". It's like a family over there, it really feels like home and I like that. ULM is the perfect spot for me academically and athletically".
Brown plans on majoring in communication at ULM and recently scored a 1350 on his first try at the SAT. "I am going to take it again because I know I can raise it some more".
As a Junior Brown recorded 45 tackles and two quarterback sacks but has been out this season with an ankle injury. "It's getting a lot better, I will be able to run on it in three weeks, I can't wait", said Brown.
Chad talked about his injury to scout.com and had this to day. "I'm going to work hard and I'll be back to 100% soon. This made me focused. One day you can play and the next you can't. I won't take anything for granted."
Though he is sidelined, Brown has found a way to make himself valuable to the team. "I keep my chin up and encourage the team. I'm real active on the sideline. They know that I'm with them all the way and that I'm going to support them and be happy for them. I still lead even if I am not playing."
"I haven't talked to Coach Weatherbie yet but I will tonight". Brown held offers from ULM, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and North Texas before deciding on the Warhawks.
Brown was named to the second team All District Team in 2007 as a Junior. Current ULM Warhawks J.J. McCoy and Travis Eickman are graduates of Garland HS. Another Garland athlete is getting a heavy look from ULM as well, more on that developing story in the future.