It was over a week ago that Louis Brown, the talented 6-6, 210-pound versatile athlete who played defensive end, running back, wide receiver, tight end, outside linebacker and safety for Burton (Texas) High School, made his commitment to Oklahoma State. We really never had a chance to catch up with the ultra-talented Brown but his coach at Burton, Jason Hodde, was full of compliments.
This afternoon between the end of his classes and the start of basketball practice Brown called us and we had a chance to learn a few things. It's no surprise that basketball is his first love.
"I’ve been playing football since seventh grade but I really didn’t start getting good at it until my freshman year," Brown said. "I started basketball in sixth grade, you know AAU basketball, and I was good at that before football and I liked basketball before football."
He told us he liked the locker room as that was where the picture was taken when he announced through his Twitter that he was going to be a Cowboy. The former Baylor and Texas commitment was standing next to fellow OSU commit, Kevin Henry from Baton Rouge (Central), La., a big smile on both faces.
He said he likes the uniforms, especially the black jerseys. He likes the food and all the facilities, but Oklahoma State also fit for him geographically.
"First, it wasn’t too far from home and while I didn’t need to stay in state I didn’t want to be more than a car ride away," Brown explained. "My mom, my nieces, and my sisters I want to be close to. They are still only a drive away."
Brown said he will play the "Leo" end position, the hybrid on the defensive line that will rush and also drop into coverage. This is a very athletic player that rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns, had 11.5 sacks on defense, and also picked off two passes and scored on them both.
He said he can play either side of the ball but admitted running back this past season was a kick.
"Running back, it’s fun," Brown said. "Defensively, you are trying to make a tackle, but at running back you are trying to make a play, a big play. It is pretty fun getting the ball and taking off. I love having those guys chasing me and they can’t catch. When I get to the end zone I’d like to have a flag, you know claim my territory."
He is more than capable of claiming his territory on defense as well. He will officially claim Oklahoma State as his college choice at 8 a.m. Wednesday when he signs his letter of intent.