Brown Just Looking to Make People Happy

My friend down in the Houston area, Ahmard Vital, knows football talent and has a really good read of who is good and can make things happen. Vital is a big fan of wide receiver Keenen Brown. The 6-3, almost 200-pound receiver is a physical mismatch for many high school corners, and he showed that in his senior season by catching 57 passes for 918 yards (a 16.1 yards-per-catch average).

Brown played in a talent-loaded district and saw one of the most gifted and "bulldog" type of corners in practice every day: teammate and fellow OSU signee Chris Hardeman.

"He's really tough to play against because he understands position so well," said Brown. "He can get that position on you where the ball is coming to him more than it is to you. I give him credit because he has made me a better receiver and caused me to pay more attention to finding the ball and being where I can get to it."

The combination of size and strength to go with explosive speed serves Brown well, but he's really worked at becoming more of a technician as a receiver. He wants to maximize his abilities and find ways to improve and study, and mastering the mental side of receiving is right there for him.

You could see some of that this season, and on his recruiting visit he was shown around by Jhajuan Seales, a receiver who has kind of been in the same situation, but had a breakout campaign this past fall.

Brown likely will remind fans of Seales, and he has the look of being next in the line of successful Oklahoma State receivers. Brown's off-the-field attitude is pretty simple.

"I just enjoy making people happy," he said. "If somebody I know is sad, then I will do whatever it takes to get them out of it. I like to have a good time and I want others to have a good time as well. I'm usually in a good mood."

Brown plans to major in business, and that could be a metaphor for his college career. If he takes care of his commitments on the field and the classroom, and also keeps pursuing that greater understanding of being a receiver, doesn't quit on anything and allows others to see his smile, then Brown will make people around him happy and he'll have a good time, too.


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