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There aren't many linebacker prospects out there who are rated higher than Lakewood, Calif. standout Luther Brown. At 6-2 and 225 pounds, Brown kicked off his senior season last week. "We won 21-10 but we could have been better," Brown said.

"We probably didn't play as well as we could have, so there's room to improve. I had eight tackles and an interception."

Brown said he's ready to continue with the rest of his season since he spent so much time in the offseason preparing for it.

"I am strictly football," he said. "We worked real hard for several months during the offseason. Last year we lost in the first round of the playoffs and that's not where we wanna be this year. We wanna get past that."

The talented linebacker talked about the things that make him a little different than other top rated prospects at his position.

"Of course my size and my speed help but mainly I'm just aggressive," he said. "I haven't seen a lot of other top linebackers out there but I know I'm real aggressive and I'm going to bring it every time."

The standout senior, who just started playing football in tenth grade, has quickly become one of the state's most heavily recruited players.

"I really didn't think I'd get this type of attention," he said. "I have a bunch of offers and everything. I'm still wide open though, really haven't given it much thought."

Brown did mention one of the schools he's currently considering is the Hurricanes.

"Miami's got tight jerseys and they always seem to have great linebackers," he said. "Ray Lewis is my favorite player and that's where he played. I could see myself fitting in there. I'm looking at all the Florida schools right now."

Many people believe the hometown Trojans will be tough to beat in the end.

"They're close to home and they have a great program," he said. "I like the coaches there -- they're real energetic and they're really into it. And it looks like they've picked right up where they left off last season."

Brown, who grew up in Mississippi where his mother still lives, said he's not sure which visits he'll take.

"I really haven't gotten that far yet," he said. "I'm keeping it open right now. I'm looking at USC, Miami, all those teams. I'm trying to stay focused on my season."

Brown said he was impressed the way UM performed last Friday night.

"Miami came through," he said. "They have a great defense, like they always do. They came out on top in a tough battle."

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