"Word is now just getting out that we are here, and we have just been fortunate to have top-notch kids," head coach Ricky Albus said. "We don't get a lot of out-of-state schools that aren't connected to Texas unless we have a kid like DeAundre or (2007 Oklahoma signee) Jamell (Fleming)."
Notre Dame is certainly connected to Texas, and the 6-foot, 180-pound DeAundre Brown hasn't snuck under its radar. They've been sending quite a bit of mail to Brown, who has a scholarship offer from Tulsa.
"They've just been sending regular letters like we want you to come here, and some with pictures like one of where when the smoke clears, hopefully you will be right here," Brown said. "I don't know much about them, but I'd like to learn more about them."
Brown was also offered a scholarship by Louisville when Bobby Petrino was the head coach, but he has since left for the Atlanta Falcons, and replaced by former Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe. Louisville is still calling quite a bit regarding Brown, but he doesn‘t know if his scholarship offer still stands.
"I've talked to just about everyone imaginable," Albus said, listing Texas A&M, Texas and Ohio State as the big-time notables.
As a sophomore, Brown caught 38 passes for 540 yards (14.2 avg.) and six touchdowns. He was named first-team all-district in helping Seguin to its second straight playoff appearance in as many seasons. This past season, Brown had 39 receptions for 399 yards (10.2 avg.) and four touchdowns, but Seguin finished 5-5 and missed the postseason. He is currently ranked by Scout.com as the 56th best player in Texas, and said he is being heavily recruited by Texas Tech, Kansas and LSU as well as the two schools that have offered.
"I basically can read the corner and see what he is going to do next, and I can read the defense and notice what coverages they are in," Brown said. Then he uses his reported 4.5 40-yard dash speed to get open and make plays.
Albus primarily used Brown as a receiver the past two years, but plans to move him into the backfield on occasions this fall, and get him as many touches as possible.
"Other than the fact he is a talented kid, the thing I think that makes him special is his explosiveness," Albus said. "He is not what I consider a pure track guy that plays football, he has a lot of explosion about him. He is definitely the strongest receiver I've been around. He has tremendous ability to make people miss, but he also has some power and it shows in gaining yards after the catch."
Brown has never been to any camps or combines, but plans to attend the Nike Combine in Keller, Texas in March, and also hopes to make it to three camps this summer. He said he can bench press 305 pounds, and squat 390 pounds.
Brown, who said he is open to everybody but listed his five favorites in order as Texas Tech, LSU, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Iowa, is cousins with former NFL player Tony Brackens. Brown talks to him every year at the family reunion in Fairfield, Texas.
"We talk football, and he be telling me don't do this and don't make wrong decisions, and don't mess around with girls, things like that," he said.
Albus said he believes Brown's core GPA is around 2.5.