Michigan Offers Top Combine DB Performer

Following the top Michigan Nike performance of Indiana defensive Steve Brown,you can bet scores of coaches were scrambling to watch his junior film. Steven's father told GoBlueWolverine what happened next.

GoBlueWolverine spoke this (Tuesday) morning to the father of Columbus, Indiana defensive back Steve Brown (6-1, 200 lbs., 4.4 in the 40).

"Coach Carr told Steven's coach to have him (Brown) call him (Carr) yesterday (Monday)," Mr. Brown said. "So Steven called and Coach Carr offered him a Michigan scholarship."

"We had met with Carr on Friday evening before the combine. At the time he said they hadn't seen much film on Steve as a DB and needed to see him perform."

"They followed up pretty quickly! They told us they got and watched his film on Monday morning."

"On Friday the Michigan coaches told Steven that they lost three defensive backs (Marlin Jackson, Ernest Shazor, Markus Curry) and that that's what they needed -- DB's."

On Steve as a DB versus running back:

"Steve came up as freshman as a defensive back -- he's played corner back for three years."

"His coaches have moved him more and more into the offense, as a wide receiver and a running back."

"That's why Michigan hadn't seen much film on him -- his film is mainly offensive highlights. Last year no teams threw his way at all, so there weren't many defensive highlights."

As far what Steven plans to play in college:

"In college he may play safety, but he could do either, corner or safety. But he wants to play defensive back."

On Steven's U-M Nike Combine performance:

"I was kind've thinking it'd be tough for him to stand out with so many backs there. But then he had the good times (the 4.39 sec. 40, along with a a 35-inch vertical, bench pressed 185-lbs. 24 times, and ran a 4.3 second shuttle), and in the one-on-ones the coaches thought he stood out as well."

Does Steven have a favorite school?

"Well ... not as far as I'd say. But Michigan is definitely in his top three."

Note: on Saturday after the combine Steve told us, "I grew up watching Michigan and Charles Woodson all of the time," and he listed a top three of, "Michigan, Notre Dame (may have offered now as well?) and Purdue (offer)."

Regarding Summer Camps, etc.

"We'll be looking at making some decisions regarding the summer soon."

As a junior Brown had 1,700 yards of total offense while playing running back and receiver and he racked up 30 solo tackles (including a number of big hits) on defense.

For GoBlueWolverine's combine stories on Brown, with photos, click HERE. and HERE.

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