RECRUITING: Former A&M verbal has new leader

Klein Oak, Texas running back Derrick Brown talks about the latest in his recruitment

DERRICK BROWN, RB, 5Õ11 1Ú2, 198, 4.39, KLEIN OAK, TEXAS:

Brown is one of those running backs that can carry a team through a season. Blessed with fantastic speed, Brown is a complete back who can make defenders miss, but also slash right through and pass them.

ÒI am a strong outside and inside runner,Ó said Brown. ÒI think I am good at both and I enjoy running inside as well as outside. I feel I am a complete back and the coaches tell me that I will be catching the ball more out of the backfield this year.Ó

Brown will be a three-year starter after rushing for 630 yards in just three games during his sophomore year due to a broken collarbone. His junior season, Brown finished the tremendous season with 1,805 yards and 24 touchdowns. Brown also caught two passes for two touchdowns, one 40-yards for the score.

This year Brown will add kick and punt return duties to his resume. Brown can bench 375 pounds, squats 485 and he has a 35-inch vertical jump. Brown also runs the 100M (10.45), 200M (21.52) and is the anchor in the 4X100 relay in track.

Brown has attended the Texas and Texas A&M camp heading into his junior year. This year Brown will go to the Nebraska and Florida summer camps. Brown likes Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida.

ÒOklahoma and Texas A&M have both offered me thus far, but the coach that is recruiting me at Nebraska (Ron Brown) says that they will offer me soon,Ó said Brown.

ÒOklahoma has a great coaching staff and they are going to be hard to beat. I went up for the spring game and their offense looked pretty good. Texas A&M had a real good recruiting class last year. I think they are going to be real good this year. They are going to change things up on offense, because they recruited Reggie McNeil last year at quarterback. I have a great friend that is going to Texas A&M in Brandon Leone, who is going to play in the secondary up there. I am keeping my options open, but right now those are my top four schools with Nebraska the slight leader.Ó

Brown took the test for the first time recently and is still waiting for the results.

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