The New Orleans area had one of the state's top tight end prospects last year in Adam Kraus of Brother Martin but he was not even the best at his position from his district.<br><br>That honor went to Jesuit's Chris Brown and he could be a repeat selection in 2003 with a strong performance in his senior campaign.
Brown, who stands at 6-foot-2 ½, 235 pounds, started at linebacker as a sophomore but made the move to tight end in 2002 because Jesuit head coach Vic Eumont felt he could be more productive there. The move paid off well for both parties with Brown earning first team All-District and All-Metro recognition, along with helping the Blue Jays reach the state playoffs.
"He could play either position but I think he prefers tight end right now because he had a lot of success last year," Eumont told Tiger Rag. "Chris made some great catches and he did a good job with his blocking. He beat out the big tight end from Brother Martin that signed with Michigan and he is a heck of a player. Everybody in the league voted for Brown over (Kraus) so it wasn't just us."
Although he is very raw and inexperienced at his position, Brown has all of the skills that offensive coordinators covet in their tight ends.
"He is a tight end kind of player," said Eumont. "He does a great job running routes and he has excellent hands. He comes off the line well and does a good job of getting his hands on his opponent."
LSU is high on his list but the Tigers will have some stiff competition for this young man.
"He gets a ton of mail every day from all over the country but he realizes he has to have a good senior year," Eumont said.
Sonny's View: Brown is also getting a lot of interest from Oklahoma State since his teammate Corey Hilliard signed with the Cowboys on National Signing Day. Brown plays on all of Jesuit's special teams and should have no problem qualifying academically. LSU has not offered yet but that could change after the coaches see him up close at one of their summer camps.
Other schools in contact with Brown are Auburn, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Indiana.