Injured RB Brown Has MD in Top Eight

Brown hopes to bring leadership skills with him when he makes college decision.

Junior running back Wes Brown of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, prides himself on his leadership skills.

"My intensity helps build the team up and helps team confidence."

Unfortunately for him, these intangibles are his only possible contributions to his powerhouse football program for the next few weeks after spraining his ankle in the season opener against St. Xavier of Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 29.

The 6 foot, 190 pound running back is hoping to return to the gridiron on Oct. 2 against Bishop McNamara.

Until then, Brown is using his time to get healthy, get stronger, and evaluate his college choices.

Brown has already received offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Temple, Virginia, NC State, and the University of Maryland. He visited College Park, Md., on Sept. 11 to see the Terrapins demolish Morgan State 62-3. Brown, who admits he is "kind of" a Maryland fan, was pleased with the visit.

"I saw the game - they were really improved. They gave me a tour; I was impressed. I got to meet some of the coaches - I liked them; they were cool.

At this point, Brown places Maryland in his top eight college preferences. However, the Good Counsel product is still waiting to receive offers from a litany of schools, and he still has a lot of college visiting to do.

"I want to go visit a bunch places. I want to see Oregon, UVA, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Texas, and Rutgers.”

Of the schools he has already seen, Brown lists Miami as a favorite. "I loved it. It just felt normal, not like I was a recruit. The players I saw talked to me like I was a teammate. I ate with the team – it was like a team, not a business.

The atmosphere that he speaks of is integral to his ideal college.

"I really want to go somewhere where it's just people, not like a business. And somewhere where they can figure out where I'm at and figure out how to get me where I need to be, on the football field, socially, and with school work."

While Brown has expectation about where he "needs to be" socially and academically, he prefers to not have a niche on the football field - he does not want to be confined to one position.

"I consider myself an athlete. Maybe a little like Sean Taylor - athletic, play some running back, play some safety."

Playing multiple positions requires a great deal of football knowledge. The injured Brown has taken it upon himself to use his injury as a means of learning from the sidelines.

“I used to get mad when things didn’t go the way they’re supposed to. Now that I can’t practice, I pay attention to the coaches and see how and why they do things. I’m learning.”

As Brown learns from his coaches about football strategies, colleges await to learn where he will be playing football in 2012.


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