Recruiting: DeForest Adds Another Houstonian

You really never like to make comparisons with high school prospects but cornerback Brodrick Brown of Houston (Spring Westfield), Texas, really reminds us of a cornerback recruited some seven years ago in the late Darrent Williams. Brown is 5-8, 170 pounds with brilliant speed (a best 40 time of 4.39) and as of Tuesday he is a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.

Like Williams when he was being recruited, Brown is quiet, but a definite confidence comes through. Also, like Williams, he wasn't at the top of the recruiting radar screen but is proud of the attention he is getting.

"Yes, Nebraska was talking to me and I had new offers from UTEP and Morgan State (he had previous offers from Houston and Rice), but I committed to Oklahoma State yesterday," said Brown.

"I really liked the school and I wanted to go to a school that is known and go someplace where I would be able to compete for a spot as soon as I got there. The coaches are good and the camp I went to went well. I am solid with being committed to Oklahoma State," Brown said.

A key to Brown's decision was his recruiting coach, Cowboys associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. DeForest no doubt sees a player that he will have a lot of contact with as he coaches the corners, and Brown figures to spend a lot of time with special teams. Last season Brown returned two of his four interceptions at Westfield for touchdowns.

"The longest was 51 yards," said Brown. "This season, besides playing corner, I will probably play a little wide receiver and do a lot of punt returns and kickoff returns. I'm really good with that (returns). I think Coach Defo knows that. It all went good with him and he showed me a lot of love."

Despite his size, Brown has a 255-pound bench press max and a 385 max on the squat. His vertical jump is 35 inches. This summer he said he is going to school and working out. He is involved in a summer track program where he said he competes in hurdles, long jump, 4x100 relay and in sprints ranging from 100 meters to mid-distance 800 meters and everything in between.

The important things is his grades and his qualifying status, which he says is good. "I've taken a test (SAT) and I did OK," said Brown. "I'm in pretty good shape," he summarized without going into details.

The next step for Brown is the start of his senior season, which he says will be easier now that he has recruiting taken care of.

"We start practice the week of Aug. 11."

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