OSU Picks Up Wide Receiver Commitment

Oklahoma State gained a major commitment for the 2014 recruiting class with Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas wide receiver standout Keenen Brown pledging to the Cowboys over a long offer list that includes Colorado, Florida, Houston, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, OU, and West Virginia.

The 6-3, 190-pound Keenen Brown visited as part of an Oklahoma tour on Saturday. He joined Alief Taylor teammate and standout cornerback prospect Chris Hardeman and Hardeman's dad to hit scrimmages at OU and later in the day at Oklahoma State.

"Yes, I play basketball and I've been on the varsity (at Taylor) since I was a sophomore," said Brown, agreeing that he would be a tough foe in a game of one-on-one. "We made it to the third round of the (basketball) playoffs last season."

He's no peach to cover in football either as last season Vital had him for 45 receptions for 729 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. That performance earned him first-team All-District 18-5A honors and he is one of the returning stat leaders in Class 5A this season.

Brown and Hardeman go against each other in practice and push each other to be better.

The following is Vital's assessment of Brown on his Scout.com profile page:
Brown is a big, strong receiver. He is pretty polished. He possesses outstanding ball skills, and is a solid blocker. He runs crisp and precise routes and he separates well. Shows great concentration and strong hands, which helps him make the tough catch. He is tough to bring down once he catches the ball. A gifted receiver who will get better as he is pushed. Can catch the ball in traffic as well as pull away from defenders in the open field.

As for his decision to commit to Oklahoma State, he first complimented the coaches. But it sounds like it was an all-around decision for Brown, who went home and told his dad before calling his recruiting coach, Kasey Dunn, at Oklahoma State.

"My dad kind of liked Oklahoma State all along and he was happy about that when I told him," said Brown. "I like the coaching staff. They have a good coaching staff and they produce with their receivers. I like the offense a lot and they throw the ball a lot."

Brown is very much a "yes sir, no sir" kind of young man as he started off every answer with that response.

"Yes sir, I want to major in business management," said Brown when asked if he had thought of what he wanted to study.

Brown said he really considered all the schools that offered him, and since Taylor begins practice with the rest of the state on Monday, we can't assume it since we didn't ask, but a good guess would be that Brown may have wanted his recruiting decision out of the way as he looks to take the Taylor Lions to a District 18-5A championship and the playoffs this football season.

Brown is the Cowboys' 18th verbal commitment in the 2014 recruiting class, and he is the third wide receiver commitment. He joins previous wide receiver commits Chris Lacy from DeSoto, Texas and Stamford's James Washington.

Verbal commitments are non-binding and signing day for 2014 is Wednesday, Feb. 5.

OSU's 2014 commitment list


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