Recruiting can happen in different ways for prospects. Some come out of nowhere. Some develop late. Some? Well, you know they’re going to be something special the first time you watch them.
Heading into his sophomore season at Tulsa (Okla.) Union, it was already readily apparent cornerback Tre Brown was going to be one to watch for the 2017 class.
It didn’t matter the offers weren’t flowing in just yet. Watch him play, watch what he can do, and it was clear he was one to remember.
After a great sophomore season and a solid junior season, Brown remained known but not the breakout star he should have been.
OU certainly took notice last summer when he dominated the two-day camp and was invited to come back again for the elite one-day camp later that same week.
It was clear Brown had speed and speed for days. One of the fastest kids in the state, Brown runs a legit 10.5-second 100-meter dash. But he needed to prove he could be more than that. Listed at around 5-foot-10, he was going to need some physicality to his game so he wouldn’t be overpowered by taller, bigger receivers.
That’s the type of dedication Brown put into his junior year and his offseason. Adding 15 pounds of muscle helped vault him into the Scout 300 and his film getting out more and more helped put him at his current No. 219 ranking.
OU continued to show a lot of strong interest in Brown this last season but things picked up considerably when he was offered in person last month. Brown said then OU was his dream school, and it was just a matter of when.
That timeline got a little thrown out of whack when OKC John Marshall defensive back Justin Broiles committed to OU last week. Brown and Broiles have developed a great bond on the recruiting trail, and he wasn’t about to ruin Broiles’ day.
“Justin had just committed,” Brown said. “That was big, and I wanted him to have his shine and his moment.”
So four days later, Brown had his time and his moment by announcing his commitment to the Sooners to give OU the top three prospects in the state for the 2017 class.
“I talked to all the coaches and just took my time with it,” Brown said. “This class has a chance to be something really special. We’re already like a family.”
Two days after his commitment Brown was on the national spotlight at The Opening regional. Despite not being completely 100 percent with a hamstring injury, he was still stellar.
His speed was on display as always, but he got a chance to show his newfound physicality and strength in the one-on-one portion of the competition.
Brown earned an invite to The Opening, the all-star recruiting event the first week of July at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon.
He wanted to wait a little bit before making his choice because one thing Brown has been clear about is once he made his commitment, there was no turning back. He’s approaching 20 offers now, but the Sooners was the only one that mattered in the end.
“I’m just going to chill now and focus on the team and winning a state championship,” Brown said. “It’s great to be part of the OU family. It was a real special moment, and I know where I want to go.”
OU looked away from Union the last couple of years after snagging the combo of Jeffery Mead and Carson Meier in 2014, but the Sooners should return there in full force for the 2017-18 classes.
Jenks has had a stranglehold on the state championship here lately but that could change in the fall.
“The 2017 and 2018 classes are going to be pretty big,” Brown said. “Just stay tuned. We’re only getting started.”
And now Brown can get started on his future as a Sooner.