Brown Is A Great Story

A good size young man was running with the running back crew on Sunday. He's around 5-10, and maybe 175 pounds. He is flying. The stopwatches all clicked in under 4.4, even the timers with slow reflexes. I kidded L.D. Brown when I got him on the phone and asked him if those cleats were ruined and if they were still smoking. He said, huh?

I explained the joke and he laughed, but I'm just another recruiting reporter wondering where he has been. If I were a track reporter then I would know. La'Darren Brown, who prefers to go by L.D., is an outstanding track athlete that runs the 4X100 and 4X200 meter relays at DeSoto High School.

"I love to run track and our 4X200 relay team won state last year," Brown said proudly. "This season we had a lot of injuries but we went back to state in the 4X100 and we had the best 4X200 time in the state."

He is not just a track athlete, but he will tell you he is a football player that runs track. He has always played football but when he was just about to take center stage in a DeSoto program that is so stacked with athletes that you often have to wait your turn behind somebody just as talented as you are he hit the injury bug.

His stats show a single carry for three yards last season, and he explained how that happened.

"It was spring, no, it was seven-on-seven in the summer and I tore my meniscus (knee)," Brown started. "Then I came back in six weeks and I got back on the field and dislocated my elbow in my first game back. I got hit and my momentum took me into the turf and my elbow popped out. It was frustrating."

Brown had not dealt with much before in the way of injuries and he is hoping not to deal with it again as he ramps up for a big senior season. He said new DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman is an "awesome guy" and the players are anxious to play for him. Peterman takes over for the legendary Claude Mathis, who is now on the SMU staff.

It should be a clue as to how good Brown is that SMU has offered and others have jumped in along with Oklahoma State, which offered after a really strong camp performance on Sunday.

He wasn't just fast. Even quarterback commitment Nick Starkel noticed and liked what he saw in Brown. Louisville, Arizona State, and Florida State have also offered. Brown said he liked what he saw in Stillwater.

"It was a good opportunity for me to show what I could do and it was a good camp," he said. "The drills were good and I really liked the facilities. The fields are beautiful and the indoor is really nice. I liked it all."

Brown will only get more attention as the recruiting season and eventually the football season march on and kick into gear. He said he is thinking about sports management or business as his major. Most schools can handle that. He is also wanting that down home feeling.

"It's the people that count," Brown said. "These are the people you will be around for the next four or five years and I want to feel at home, feel comfortable."

Of course, when he is somewhere he doesn't feel comfortable he can always try someplace else pretty quick, that is what Brown can do for you. That was corny, but I'm sorry I could not resist. I think L.D. would laugh because he has already shown me he'll laugh at an old man's jokes.

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