William Chrisman high school in Independence (MO) is not one of the football powerhouse or pipeline schools in the Kansas City area or state of Missouri. However, colleges are starting to find their way there because of a talented running back prospect who is starting to garner attention.
Those unfamiliar with talent in the Show-Me State have overlooked WC's multi-talented RB D'Vontae Brown 5'11"1/2 220 4.53 forty since he doesn't play at Rockhurst, Blue Springs or a more well known school, but word has gotten out to a few coaches around the region, including Mizzou.
ShowMeMizzou.com, always on top of the talent in the state and region like no other, has scouted Brown and spoke with him about his early recruitment, and upcoming junior day visit.
"I have heard from a few school so far,"said Brown. "Most notably Mizzou, Illinois State and Northwest Missouri State. Not a lot of colleges make it through here, but Coach Hill was on the road and stopped by and introduced and invited me to the Tigers junior day on Saturday. I called him on the phone and he said that he is looking forward to seeing me play and getting to know me."
I asked Brown, who wants to major in sports management in college, and has a 3.8 GPA, what his thoughts on the Tigers are?
"I love Mizzou! I grew up wanting to play in the SEC and watching Mizzou on TV," Brown said. "I like their coaching staff and how they always produce not only NFL caliber players, but quality athletes in general there. I also like how they seem to use a three back system there. They keep their backs fresh and distribute the ball evenly to the hot hand. We played the spread here at WC until this year, so I am comfortable playing in that system."
Brown told me that his favorite running back was Jamaal Charles, and that he tries to emulate his running style. He also described what he has to offer as a running back on the next level.
"I like Charles' work ethic and he plays. I would say that my combination of speed and power, along with my vision, elusiveness and ability to catch the ball, as well as block make me a valuable player to a team.I work hard and train every day to get better."
His numbers such as a 4.53 forty, along with a 35" vertical jump at 220lbs, to go along with a 300 pound bench press, and an amazing 680 pound squat, show the work Brown puts in on a daily basis in the weight room and with speed training. A sprinter on the track team besides playing football, he competes in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. He also reports a PR time of 10.98 in the 100 meters.
Brown is fine not playing at one of the power football schools in Kansas City. He described how he deals with playing on a team not known for piling up victories.
"I like it. It just makes you work harder to be better. It gives you the mentality to do more and want to help your team and teammates out more."
The powerfully built Brown made some long highlight reel runs as a junior, breaking tackles and then sprinting the length of the field for the score. He will definitely be one to watch as the Tigers recruit him this weekend and beyond.