LB Kentrell Brothers 6'1" 220 Guthrie (OK)
"We think Kentrell is a really good athlete," said Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel, speaking of Brothers. "He's got great speed and quickness....................... We think we got a very, very good player."
Brothers was a three-year starter at both linebacker and wide receiver for Coach Rafe Watkins' Guthrie High team. The Daily Oklahoman named Brothers its Defensive Player of the Year for 2010, when as a senior, Brothers recorded 100 tackles, including 19 sacks, as he led his team to the Class 5A semifinals. As a receiver in 2010, Brothers had 53 receptions for 1,322 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for a TD and threw for another.
In addition to his Player of the Year award as a senior, Brothers was also named to the All-State Team as a junior, when he posted similar numbers to his senior season, including 98 tackles and 18 sacks on defense, to go along with his 63 receptions for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense.
Brothers was also named to the All-State Team in basketball, as a sophomore, and lettered in tennis at Guthrie, where he was involved in FCA and the student council. Kentrell loves sports, and likes to play video games. He lists hunting large game as one of his hobbies. Kentrell's parents, Jeff Jones and Kia Brothers-Jones, helped him to narrow down his list of schools. He chose Missouri over an offer list that included Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Connecticut, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State, Syracuse, Washington, and Tulsa, among others.
"We're really happy that we got (Kentrell)," said Coach Josh Henson, who was the primary recruiter for Brothers. "He's a great student, and he's a great person. When you look at him on the football field, he's just so versatile, in so many different ways. When you watch him play, he's just always around the football, whether it's on offense, or on defense...................... I think he's going to be a good player for us."
"Kentrell's a very good athlete," said Coach Dave Steckel, speaking of Brothers. "Kentrell's a really good football player. He does a really good job of playing football. They had him at defensive end. They had him at linebacker............................. (He's) a very athletic kid."
JP's take- Kentrell is just a flat out football player. He did the job on both offense and defense at Guthrie. He is more quick then fast, but he is fast enough,and uses that quickness to his advantage at the snap to get in the opponents backfield and make plays. He is great using his hands both on pass defense and to shed blocks.Gets his hands up in passing lanes. He is tough to block and doesn't get taken off his feet or out of plays very often. He is also a high motor guy who doesn't give up on plays and can come back and run down plays. Plays hard every play and went both ways the entire game. He was also an outstanding receiver on offense and can use those skills to help cover backs and receivers. Again, a good hands team guy. Super competitor who plays with attitude. Good hitter. Tackles well. Kentrell is a candidate to play his earliest on special teams.
Greg's take - Brothers is a terrific all-around athlete, who is a play maker on the football field. He plays faster than his forty time, gets into the backfield, runs sideline to sideline, and plays well in space. He has very good ball skills, and a nose for the football. He's smart, and will likely be a quick study at the LB position for the Tigers. He possesses some innate leadership abilities, and is just a real competitive guy.
Kentrell Brothers Senior Highlights