Heading into the Chicago Nike combine this past Saturday, Raymore-Peculiar (MO) RB Steve Brown 5'10" 194 was expecting to do well after putting in hours of training with performance coach and form college and NFL player Mark Simoneau. However, he did not expect to be the top performer overall at the combine.
"It really did surprise me when they announced me having the number one ranking after testing," said Brown. " I work out with Mark Simoneau and have for the past 3-4 for months practicing for combines and I was shooting to be the best. I was still surprised, but I realized that I have been working for this the whole time. It honestly didn't hit me until I saw it online. Then I realized that out of all the great competitors there what I had done. I had personal best of a 4.47 forty and a 38" vertical jump."
Brown's performance of being #1 overall with a Sparq rating of 118.86 earned him an invited to the next days Nike Camp.
"Immediately afterwards they invited me to say over for the camp, which I did, and I had a good say there too. I did very well in the 1 on 1's and did not drop a single pass thrown to me. I also did well in the blocking drills," said Brown.
The speedy Ray-Pec back, who also is a talented cornerback, ran for over 1,000 yards and 21 TDs as a junior, had a similar outstanding performance at the Blue Gray combine the weekend prior where he ran a blazing 3.83 shuttle time and long jumped 10-feet 6- inches.
I turned Steve's attention to recruiting.
"Missouri came by and saw me last week at my school. Coach Hill spoke to my coach and said he thinks I would be a good running back for then and would fit their system. He wants me to come to there camp in June, which I think I will go to. I went to Mizzou's junior day and was treated very good there also and really enjoyed it. I like the school a lot," he said.
"I also talk to Iowa a lot and they say they fell in love with my film and want to see me do things in camp with them. I made an unofficial visit up there and got to see a practice and them in pads. I really loved it there too. I liked both schools, Iowa and Mizzou, equally I would say. I will camp with them too.Plus, I went to Iowa State and Kansas State junior days. I liked both places and really liked how K-State treated me. I have a lot of respect for Coach Snyder."
Brown informed me that he wanted to major in business management, but that he doesn't really have a criteria yet for what he is looking for in a school.
"It really doesn't matter to me about distance or conference. A school I would like to hear from is Oregon, which is far from home. I am open to every school that wants me. I am mostly just looking for a school to go to that makes me feel wanted and that I can help them. I am just a football player and I will play wherever they want and need me, whether that is running back, cornerback or safety. I am a team player," Brown said.
He also said that he isn't concerned about style of offense of competition.
"One thing about me is that I like to compete and will work to be the best I can be, Some guys might be bigger or stronger, but I will work harder. I work to be a complete back. It's not just about what you do with the ball in your hands. That;s why I work on my blocking and receiving along with my moves. We have played the Wing T for the most part, but Coach Kruse is going to add some more feature back things this season. So I hope to be able to show my abilities more and that it is tough to tackle me in the open field."
Steve Brown IV has shown that he is a great red zone and especially 10 yards and in back. He has a great nose and skill set for scoring as his team gets close to there as evidenced by his 21 TDs while splitting time. He is a tough inside runner who uses his elite speed and quickness to hit pay dirt. He displays good vision and runs with good pad level and body lean. A physical runner as well as being fast, he also displays those skills at defensive back.
It is only a matter of time before offers start coming in.