Jarrett Brown, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end almost gave up playing football for basketball when his father (Jack) and Arlington Bowie's head coach (Kenny Perry) intervened.
"I was always a basketball player, but my dad always told me that I was a football player," Brown reminisced. "He got his way. I can't complain now…"
"There were not a lot of big schools coming in for basketball, so I just changed around. The change was worth it."
Brown made a wise decision as his future seems to be a bright one on the grid. He may have been a late bloomer on the national recruiting scene, but college coaches knew all about him.
"I ended up with 17 offers," Brown informed. "It was a blessing. I did not get my first offer until my senior season."
Offers came and Brown took visits, but it was an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners that ultimately grabbed his eye.
"The people and the coaches," Brown answered when asked why he made the decision to roll with OU. "Coach Venables and Coach Wilson. They were both pretty nice and very outgoing. They were both good people and nice."
"Coach Venables is a good defensive coach and everything."
Brown also admitted that he was a fan of the Sooners program and that surely did not hurt OU's chances after they extended him the scholarship offer.
"For the longest," Brown answered when asked if he was fan. "I have been rooting for them for the longest time."
Not a lot of people have received the chance to see what Brown can do on film, so he broke down his game so Sooner fans can get a glimpse of what he might bring to the table when he begins his career in the crimson and cream.
"I am basically just fast and physical," Brown explained. "I play with a motor. I kind of compare myself to Justin Tuck. He plays with speed and he is physical."
Like most of the rest of us Brown is off to watch the Super Bowl and he will be rooting for the Cinderella story, the story that he himself has sort of lived this past week.
"Cardinals," Brown said when asked about who would come out on top. "They are going to do it!"