Louis Brown: His Coach's Take

You know that I am upfront at all times. While writing up an analysis Sunday on Oklahoma State's newest commitment in 6-6, 210-pound spectacular athlete Louis Brown I used the word "lazy." It was not directed a slam but to emphasize that sometimes an athlete like Brown can get bored when he has his opponent overmatched.

Here is the paragraph from that story.

On tape he gets off any block whenever he wants. One play that is so impressive because of his laziness on the play happens near the end zone as a quarterback takes the snap. I'm not dogging him with the lazy reference. He is so physically dominant that he can come off the ball late and still make a massively impressive play. Brown decides all of a sudden he wants to pass rush and he easily takes what the quarterback thought was a serious pass and slams it about 15 yards out of the back of the end zone. He is so dominant that you could see where he would let up just to give opposing players a chance.

On radio this morning I was describing that play to Burton High School head coach and athletic director Jason Hodde as I interviewed him, and I told Coach Hodde that I used the word lazy. It did strike a cord.

"We don't see that many 6-6, 220-pound guys playing, you know, playing the end like that," Hodde said. "The offensive tackles that he has to rush against aren't... I mean we occasionally get a guy that is pretty big and close to him in size, but he overmatches most of them."

At this point I'm starting to wonder if my interview was going to be short-lived. Then the coach used the word and I could tell he wasn't crazy about it, but he wanted to make a point.

"You know, you used the word lazy, and getting a high school kid to play every play is a challenge especially with a number of our kids because they never come off the field. We have them on offense, the defense, the kick teams and they do it all, so sometimes they appear to play a little sluggish. He overmatches most kids at our level and he has great athleticism and potential."

Okay, maybe my choice wasn't as good as I thought it was at the time. But the bottom line is Louis Brown, all 6-6, 210 pounds of him, was more than most any player and team in Texas Class A for three seasons and Class 2A Division II last season could handle.

Brown, who played no less than six positions while starring on Friday night for the Panthers, is a very gifted player that will have a chance to maximize his talents at Oklahoma State.

"He likes to play and that is first and foremost, so he gets fired up to play," Hodde said describing a great attitude to go with the talent. "He started for us as a freshman and we made the state semifinals that season and we had a lot of good talent on our team, but he came in and had a huge impact as a freshman starting at outside linebacker. He really likes to play. People get up to play him and that posed the real challenge for him.

"He's had to do that as we've had anywhere from tight end to wide out to this season he played a lot of running back for us (87 carries for 1,015 yards with an 11.7 ypc average and 10 touchdowns)," Hodde said of the young man that has also made close to 500 tackles in his prep career.

"He is a versatile kid and those coaches will use him how they see fit. He will do what you ask him to do and he is unselfish guy and will help out wherever he needs to."

Some Oklahoma State fans are wondering, hasn't Brown been committed to Baylor and, most recently, Texas and why is he on his third school to be committed to?

It's not unusual especially for a small school athlete that is getting more attention than he likely ever dreamed of receiving. The recruiting process can be a whirlwind for any high school athlete. It is a process about finding the right fit. Like another recruit in Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Darrion Daniels out of Dallas tweeted it is a serious life decision.

Hodde said he doesn't advise his players on where to go, but just tries to help them during the process thinks it may have taken the visit to Oklahoma State to find that "right fit."

"He's a small town kid that just likes to play ball. I've been to Stillwater and I think it is an awesome fit for him," Hodde said. "I think that had a huge impact for the decision process for him and his mother. I think it was more conducive to them than some of the other schools and other cities. I went to Texas A&M to school, but I'm going to have to be a Cowboy with Louis going to OSU."

That's fine because there is no limit to converting folks to being Cowboy fans. Hodde will never give up his Aggie roots and his younger brother plays for Rice, so he cheers on the Owls too. Now, he can feel really proud cheering on Brown as a Cowboy.

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