Brown's Title Hopes Come Up Short

Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida sees it's alumni go on to play at the collegiate level with increasing regularity. One of the Trojans' offerings for the 2007 signing class is Karlin Brown. Brown led the Trojans in tackles as a junior with 103 stops, a number he surpassed as a senior. With his high school career complete, Brown now looks ahead towards college life.

When the scoreboard read double zeros this past Friday night, the Lincoln High Trojans saw their season end. Top ranked Nease proved to be too much as they advanced with a 35-21 win over Lincoln.

Mississippi State commitment Karlin Brown has been one of the top playmakers on one of the state of Florida's top defenses. For some players it is very difficult to see their high school playing days end. Karlin says the moment is bittersweet, but he is now looking to the future.

"I feel like we overcame a lot this season," said Brown. "There were a lot of high expectations for us and we got off to a slow start, but we pulled together through the struggles. Towards the end of the season we really started coming together as a team. At the end of the season, we were more than a team. We were more like family. I have a bond with each member of the team that I will have for the rest of my life."

Karlin explains that he places a lot of pressure on himself to step up and make plays for his team. Despite not making it to the state title game, Brown is pleased with his season.

"I know I had over a hundred tackles again this season," said Brown. "I eclipsed last year's mark of one hundred and three. I feel that I played every game with my hardest and that's how you should feel. If you have any regrets, then you did not give it your all. You should always leave everything you have on the field. I worked hard this year and watched a lot of film. I gave my all for the program and I have no regrets."

Now that his high school playing days are over, Karlin plans to use the same work ethic and dedication he possesses to tackle some off the field pursuits.

"I am focusing on my school work and I am working hard to make sure I finish up the school year on a high note," explained Karlin. "I will be spending a lot of time with family because I know I will have to leave them soon. I have an older brother, but he is still in Tallahassee. I am the first one that is leaving the house to go off to college and won't be in Florida."

Brown committed to Mississippi State back in May. Over six months later, Brown is still solid in his commitment to the Bulldogs.

"Everything is still very good," said Karlin. "I talked to the coach and he talked with my family. He let us all know they were supportive of me and that they are looking forward to me getting there. I am on very good terms with the coaches. Coach Ellis Johnson is recruiting me and I talked to him today."

Karlin reports that he has paid very close attention to the Bulldogs this season and he is ready to go be a part of it all.

"I see things are headed in the right direction," explained Brown. "They are a team that doesn't quit and that's something I really like about them. At Lincoln, we had a lot of comeback wins and I would like to continue doing that at Mississippi State. They will not give up and they always fight to the end. That's the kind of player I am too, so I am really looking forward to it."

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