DeSoto's Brown Talks About Committing To OSU

It didn't take long for Oklahoma State to get back to 11 pledges as the Cowboys had one pledge drop off on Sunday in Tyrell Alexander of Lancaster, but La'Darren Brown of DeSoto, Texas made it official Monday afternoon that he had committed to Oklahoma State.

Brown, a 5-10, 180-pound speedster of a running back, told me about half an hour after it was first reported that he had spoke with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, Cowboys running backs coach Marcus Arroyo, and DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman, who is in his first season heading up the powerhouse Eagles program.

"I've told everybody and I'm excited to be part of the Oklahoma State Cowboys," Brown said. "I was just thinking about it and they (Oklahoma State) got through to me. I want that to be my future the next four or five years playing for them in the Big 12 at that level."

Brown turned down offers to Arizona State, Oregon State, Louisville, and SMU. He said the SMU offer was the closest to the Cowboys.

"SMU was one of my top schools and I thought about it, but Oklahoma State was it. I was at their camp and I liked all the coaches and the players that I met and I have a friend up there in Chris Lacy at wide receiver. We'll be two future alumni."

Brown is an interesting story in that he has not posted much in performance at the varsity football level. He is a mainstay for DeSoto in track as he runs on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and sprints.

At the Oklahoma State came in June he clocked a handheld 4.4 in the forty. In football he suffered a torn meniscus with his knee in a late summer 7-on-7 competition. He came back in the season and the first game back he suffered a dislocated elbow and tried to fight through it but finally went on the shelf. Now, he is hoping to go injury free and prove himself as the number one back in the Eagles offense.

"It was frustrating last season, but I've had a good summer and I'm ready for this season. We finished our summer last Thursday and have two weeks off before we start two-a-days on August 10th," Brown added.

He said he is not sure about a major but plans to study either business or sports management.

Brown is the 11th commitment for the Cowboys and the sixth on offense and second at running back joining the top in-state running back prospect in Justice Hill of Booker T. Washington in Tulsa.


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