OSU offers lightning bolt

TO MAXIMIZE his speed, Torrance, Calif., running back Davon Brown customized his workouts to sleek down to just under 160 this past track season. Since, he's spent the offseason hitting the weights with a vengeance in preparation for his senior turn on the gridiron, now checking in at a robust 176 pounds. Oregon State is one of his four offers.

Brown (5-9, 176) has been offered a full scholarship by Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado and San Diego State. Much of the Pac-10, including Oregon, is lurking, as well as schools like Utah and Fresno State.

"I don't have a favorite," said Brown. "I'm trying to look at all of them."

OSU, WSU and Colorado all look to be in line for official visits, with Brown already having taken an unofficial trip to SDSU this summer. Brown said the Beaver coach he's talked most with this recruiting season has been Mike Riley.

Of the four who've offered, Brown says all are recruiting him at running back, where he gained 1272 yards and scored 20 TDs for South Torrance High as a junior. He also plays a pretty mean defensive back, snaring 5 INTs in 2004 and was often sent out to shut down the opponent's best receiver.

BROWN CLOCKED a 10.6 in the 100-meters this April, and says the recently added muscle hasn't hampered his ability to fly.

"I'm carrying the weight well, and my speed has actually gotten faster," said Brown.

True, Brown is fast, regularly clocking a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash this offseason. But in looking at film, what really sets Brown apart is his ability to cut and make people miss.

Brown has a long, deceptive stride -- would-be tacklers can often be seen on his junior season tape fooled into taking the wrong angle. And of course, there's that extra gear he possesses when breaking into the secondary. His tape will be available on Scout.com shortly.

FACTORING INTO BROWN'S college choice will be academics, facilities and the coaching staff. Brown is looking to major in the field of electronics or engineering. A 3.0 student, he said he'll probably wait until after the season to verbally commit.

Brown's been working out every single day this spring and summer, and he'll continue to spend the remainder of this offseason rounding into top form.

"I've been working hard, trying to get ready for next season and accomplish my goals," said Brown. "I want to get at least 2000 yards, 10 INTs on defense, and team-wise, go out and win a championship."

Brown is the third known running back Oregon State has extended a scholarship offer to -- Spokane's Skylar Jessen (5-10, 200) and Eric Jordan (5-8.5, 160) out of Las Vegas are the other two.

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