RECRUITING: Tulsa athlete has four favorites

Tulsa Washington athlete Mark Brown says staying close to home could be a plus for OU

MARK BROWN, WR/DB, 6'3, 185, 4.4, TULSA WASHINGTON, OK:

Brown made a name for himself this summer when he turned in 4.37 forty times and caught everything in sight. Many colleges also like him on the defensive side of the ball and thus his value goes up even more.

"I really don't care which side of the ball I play on, I just want to play on the side that gives me the best chance to get on the field," said "I go both ways here and that is real fun for me. I think I could play cornerback because I understand what a receiver is going through and I could play wide receiver, because I know what a defensive back is thinking."

Brown has started at wide receiver since his sophomore year and he started working on playing corner this summer at the OU and Kansas State camps. Thus, he will add cornerback to his duties this year. Brown is almost a carbon copy of Booker T. star wide receiver Robert Meachem, and the two are related. However, the two say they don't have to go to the same school together.

Mark can bench 225 pounds and he has a 35-inch vertical jump. The offers started pouring in this summer and Mark has been trying to take in all this recruiting attention.

"I like OU, Colorado, Kansas State and Alabama right now," said Brown. "OU and Kansas State are the two schools that have offered me out of these four, but I get letters all the time from the other two schools and when it is legal for them to call I hear from them on the phone. I think Oklahoma is a good school and it is close to home. I like how the coaches run their program and their academic program is fantastic."

"It would really be a big plus for my family if I went to OU, because that way my parents could stay at home on Friday nights and then just drive up on Saturday and go to the game. I think I am going to play my senior season, before I take my visits, but I will have a pretty good idea what I am going to do by the time my season is over."

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