Alexandria, La. RB Brown a power back

Blue chip running backs are plentiful in the Bayou State for the Class of 2006 and Alexandria's Chris Brown (5-10, 195, 4.4) definitely belongs in that category. <br><br> Brown rushed for over 2,000 yards the last two years for Alexandria head coach Butch Stoker and finally received the recognition he deserved after his junior year when he earned a spot on the Class 4A First Team All-State squad.

"He is a tough runner that has tremendous vision," Stoker told Tiger Rag. "He can cut and accelerate without missing a beat. He is going to break the first two tackles and when he gets past the line of scrimmage he is gone."

Not only is Brown a talented player with tons of potential but according to Stoker he is also a coach's dream.

"He is a team guy that doesn't expect any special treatment," said Stoker. "He is a star and he doesn't even know it. You never have to worry about him missing practice or missing a workout. You don't coach kids like this but about once every 25 years or at least I don't. He makes coaching easy."

Something else coaches love in Brown is his versatility.

"He is the best wide receiver we have and we've got a pretty good one that made All-State last season," Stoker said. "Chris has great hands and he could easily play there too. He just has so much speed that you simply can't contain."

That receiver Stoker alluded to is returning All-State wide out Will Coppage (6-2, 175, 4.4).

Coppage has only played football for two years and to land a spot on the All-State team speaks volumes of his ability. He tallied more than 650 yards receiving as a junior and used his big play ability to find the end zone 12 times.

"Will is a tremendous athlete and is probably one of the fastest guys in the state," said Stoker. "He has great hands and once he comprehends the game he will be a good one. Last year the kid from Northside (Tyson Andrus) that went to Ole Miss couldn't touch him. That kid was good but he couldn't touch Will."

Stoker said he gets a stack of letters on his desk each day from schools all over the country inquiring about both Brown and Coppage.

Neither one of them has picked up an offer yet but that will change in the next couple of months.

"Both of these kids have flown under the radar but all of that will change during spring ball," said Stoker. "I have talked to a ton of coaches who have said they will be coming through here. I talked to coaches from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State and of course LSU. A bunch more call but it's just too many to remember."

Stoker said both prospects project to qualify academically and they will take the ACT for the first time in April.

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