Coy Brown hearing from several schools

Coy Brown is coming off an impressive junior season at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana. The 6-0, 217, running back/linebacker is not only hearing from Big Ten schools in his area, but from SEC teams like Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee eager to learn more about his talents.

"I actually had a pretty good season," said Coy Brown. "It could have been better. I struggled a little at the beginning and wasn't getting the ball much. I got refocused, worked hard and in a three game span I gained over 600 yards. I finished the season with 1,204 in 11 games."

Brown (No. 28) made All-Conference (Northern Lakes), All-Area (Northern Indiana), and was AP All-State Honorable Mention (3A). After the Friday night games, Brown was able to take in some college action during the course of the season.

"Yeah, I went to the UConn-Michigan game, the Michigan-Michigan State game, the Notre Dame-Michigan State game in East Lansing, and the Florida-Alabama game. Alabama gets great support from their fans. I liked the coaches a lot. The atmosphere at the game was crazy. I was very excited to hear from Tennessee. I was supposed to go to the Oregon game, but it didn't work out. I'm going to have to get back down and see what they're all about."

Last summer, Brown camped at Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and attended a combine in Indianapolis. He went to a combine in Orlando last month. He has trips planned this month to Indiana and Northwestern.

"I'm looking for a school with a big academic reputation," Brown said. "I'd like to major in Physical Therapy, so I want to look at schools with good medical programs. On the football side, I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and players where I can fit right in, have a good social life."

Playing on varsity since his freshman season and starting since he was a sophomore, Brown saw a young Northwood Panther team go 5-6 in 2010 bowing out to Jimtown in the 2nd round of the state playoffs. Brown never came off the field contributing on offense, defense, and special teams.

"Penn State is looking at me at outside linebacker, but mostly the other schools are looking at me as a running back," Brown stated. "I felt like my vision improved this year and my lean was consistently better.

"In the off-season I've been working on my footwork to be more explosive coming out of the backfield. I've been working on getting my knees up high to help break tackles. I'm in the gym a lot working out trying to get stronger."

Brown will compete in track and field in the spring. His events are the high jump, the 4x1 relay, and the 200 meter dash. A strong runner his best time in the 40 is a 4.71.

Brown is an honor roll student at Northwood with a 3.2 GPA. He plans on graduating early after his senior year if the right situation presents itself with his college choice.

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