Top Player Talks Oklahoma

While one man cannot make or break a team it is hard to downplay what a huge get it would be for the Sooners if they were able to reel in the number one player in the nation in Wichita, Kan., product Arthur Brown. Brown talked to us recently about his thoughts on the Oklahoma program and where they stand on his list.

Rarely can you find a player that essentially has his pick of whichever program he would like to play for, but that is the case with Arthur Brown, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from East High School. Brown is the most complete linebacker prospect in the Class of 2008, displaying great coverage skills, excellent speed, great range and a punishing hitting style that only few could come close to.

Brown recently made his first cut, claiming that 22 schools were who he was most familiar with and most interested in. Those schools were Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rutgers, USC and UCLA. Brown talked to us about Oklahoma recently and what his impressions of the program are so far.

"Oklahoma made a very good first impression on me and personally I believe that a first impression is the one that stays with you the most," Brown explained. "I really like the fan support that Oklahoma has and from what I have seen so far their fans top the charts when it comes to loyalty. It's always a great thing to have a good group of supporters and the Sooners definitely have that."

"Coach (Brent) Venables has been recruiting me and we quickly established a great relationship," Brown added. "I really like who he is and what he stands for. He is a great person and a great coach who works hard and knows how to make things happen out there on the football field. He shows great energy when coaching his players and with the great group of athletes that Oklahoma has coming into their program you can see that they are loaded for the future. I have said before that as a great athlete you want to be surrounded by others like yourself and that is exactly what Oklahoma is getting right now. The program is headed in the right direction and I am really looking forward to heading back to Norman as I'm sure it will be another great experience!"

Oklahoma has a chance to land a number of very talented linebackers in this class, but none would bring the versatility and playmaking ability that Brown brings to the field on a weekly basis. While this will certainly be a player that every school in the nation would like to have, it looks as though the Oklahoma staff has already laid a solid foundation with Brown. While a team cannot be built with one player, this is certainly a linebacker that could make a huge impact on a defense for the next four years.

One other note of importance with Brown is that while he has been ranked the top player in the nation by, he seems to be a humble and well centered young man. While he understands that he does have a wealth of talent, he has stated before that he knows he will need to continue to work hard to become a better player.

Brown: "My reaction time, speed and strength are my strong points. The game of football is all about speed. When I get on the field, I know where every guy is and I know what has to be done and I get it done. I study the game. The more you know, the more of an edge you have.

"In college, speed is everything. I'm fast, but I want to be faster, so I work on my speed everyday. I'm trying to improve reading the blocking a bit faster too. I'm a perfectionist, so I challenge myself all the time. I have to push myself in every way to rise to the challenge of college ball, but I know what I have to do and I'm ready for it."

Last season as a junior Brown had 158 tackles, eight sacks and an interception. He claims to bench 315 pounds, squat 455 and power clean 235. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at an Oklahoma camp.

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