Ducanville, Texas defensive back talks about his commitment to Oklahoma, his future in Norman and tonight's Sugar Bowl in an exclusive OUInsider.com interview.
OUInsider.com: Is it true that you have committed to Oklahoma?
Brown: "Yes. I did it yesterday."
OUInsider.com: Congratulations. What prompted your decision?
Brown: "I was watching a couple of games yesterday, like the U.S. Army (All-American Bowl) Game and just decided I'd do it. I've been wanting to go to Oklahoma since my visit (on Dec. 12), so I talked to my family about it and went on and did it."
OUInsider.com: So the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game inspired you to commit?
Brown: "It really did. It made my decision that much easier."
OUInsider.com: What other schools were you considering?
Brown: "LSU, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Arkansas and Oklahoma State."
OUInsider.com: Why did you pick Oklahoma over LSU?
Brown: "They were recruiting me as a DB too. I talked to Coach Venables about that and he sent me some information about that, which really helped me. Last year and this year, LSU is recruiting a lot of DBs. I mean a lot, a lot. I wasn't worried about playing time, because I knew I'd work my way up, but I don't know anything about the SEC anyway."
OUInsider.com: Which Oklahoma coach did you inform of your commitment?
Brown: "Coach Venables."
OUInsider.com: What was his response to your commitment?
Brown: "He was real happy. We didn't talk long, because he was about to watch a movie, but he said he was going to come visit me this week. I think he was surprised by it (my commitment), because I kept telling him I was going to wait (until Signing Day)."
OUInsider.com: What is your opinion of Coach Venables?
Brown: "He's real cool. He keep it real with me. He never played around on anything. He told me how it really was. We had a real good conversation when he came to my house."
OUInsider.com: Had you planned on waiting to announce your decision on Signing Day?
Brown: "Yeah, I had or until after my LSU visit, which was supposed to be Jan. 16."
OUInsider.com: What was the deciding factor in your decision to pick Oklahoma?
Brown: "When I took my visit there, the players and coaches were all cool. It's a good program. Everything was just good for me. There's a lot of guys there from around me, so Oklahoma is kind of like a home away from home really. Plus, it's not far from here (Duncanville), so I drive back home when I want."
OUInsider.com: During your visit, which Oklahoma players did you spend the most time with?
Brown: "Mark Clayton was pretty cool. I really it off with my host, Demario Pleasant."
OUInsider.com: What are your thoughts on Adrian Peterson's commitment?
Brown: "I talked to him about it during our visit together, so I kind of figured he was going to OU. It's real neat he's coming."
OUInsider.com: What position do you anticipate playing at Oklahoma?
Brown: "Defensive back, but I'll play whatever position they'll put me at."
OUInsider.com: Waco defensive back Marcus Walker is reportedly close to committing to the Sooners. Is that why you committed before Signing Day, so you wouldn't have to worry about a scholarship being left for you at Oklahoma?
Brown: "Not really. I didn't even know he's close. If I would have wanted to wait, I would have."
OUInsider.com: What is your greatest strength on the football field?
Brown: "My speed really. I've got good vision and can break on the ball real fast."
OUInsider.com: In what area do you need the most improvement?
Brown: "I'll have to get adjusted to the speed of the college game. I also need to get a little more strength in my legs. I can always get faster too."
OUInsider.com: Do you expect to play or redshirt next season?
Brown: "I don't know. I assume I'll probably redshirt. But that's not a big deal. I'd rather redshirt than get a little bit of playing time, when I could have redshirted and gotten more prepared."
OUInsider.com: How excited are you about your future at Oklahoma?
Brown: "Very (excited). I wanted to commit there on my last day of my visit, but I decided I'd check out Kansas State. Once I did that, I figured there was no sense wasting anybody else's time, so I decided to go where I needed to go. I can't say enough about being a Sooner. It's going to be real good."
OUInsider.com: Last question, who is going to win tonight's Sugar Bowl?
Brown: "OU all the way. The score will be 28-14. They're going to win, because they're coming off a loss and they're going to be more hungry for a win. They're determined to avenge the loss to Kansas State, because they lost the Big 12 championship."
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