14 in 14: WR Chris Brown

IrishEyes.com kicks off the "14 in 14" series, which profiles each of the freshman enrolling this month at Notre Dame. It will run for 14 successive days, and it begins with a look at Hanahan (S.C.) High receiver Chris Brown.

Chris Brown knows he will miss home and isn't sure what to expect, but he knows the competition level will be severe and playing as a freshman is uncertain.

The receiver from Hanahan (S.C.) High and Notre Dame class of 2012 signee will enroll at Notre Dame next week, and he is as prepared as possible.

IrishEyes.com begins a "14 in 14" series in which the 14 freshmen enrolling are profiled in 14 days with a look at the 6-foot-3 ½, 180-pound Brown, and he is looking to make his mark early.

"I'm going to go in with guns blazing and looking to make an impact," he said. "The day after state championships in track I got back into lifting real hard and running and getting in good shape. Since (late May), it's been all football related, and doing cone drills and things like that."

Brown, who is an accomplished triple jumper, will compete in track in the spring if it fits into his schedule and his body agrees after his first season of college football, but his focus is on football.

"If my body holds up and stays healthy, of course I will (do track)," Brown said. "I just have to go through the season and see."

Brown is coming off an abbreviated senior season because of a broken collarbone in which he caught 33 passes for 532 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he knows he needs to add more size and strength at Notre Dame. Whether that means a red-shirting, however, won't be decided until training camp in August.

"I expect to compete. That is what everybody is telling me," Brown said. "It's a whole other level of competition so I have to work hard. It comes down to being consistent and making plays. I don't look into things. I have the ability to (play in 2012). I just have to go out and prove it."

Since singing day, Brown has remained in contact with the Irish staff and several of the players, and he heard the same thing time and again.

"When I went up there for the spring game, they told me the No. 1 thing is to come in and be in shape," Brown said. "I've been working on that. They said just go with what I have and I'll be good."

Before leaving for Notre Dame this coming weekend, Brown will continue to work on his conditioning and strength training, just he has throughout his high school career.

"My uncle, from Day 1, he's been the one to teach me footwork and everything I have," Brown said. "I'm going to go down for the last week and let him (do his thing) with me."

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