Recruiting heating up for Waller DL

Growing up less than an hour from College Station, Waller defensive lineman Eddie Brown has been a lifetime A&M fan. This weekend, he may be given an opportunity to wear the maroon and white. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Brown's father about his recruiting process and the upcoming trip to Aggieland.

The recruiting trail is heating up for Waller's (TX) Eddie Brown. Considered one of the top interior defensive linemen in the state, Brown's speed and quickness at 6-foot-1, 270 pounds is phenomenal. Unfortunately, many schools were concerned about his grades heading into his senior season. However, with hard work and perseverance, Brown's academics are improved, to the delight of his father Eddie Sr., and high D-1 programs are again courting the defensive playmaker.

"I'm really proud of my son," said Eddie's father. "Not just about football. He's a good kid who buckled down and hit the books. He's really worked hard this year in his studies. That's what is so important to me."

Mr. Brown didn't stop there in praising his son's character, who by the way, was already in bed at 9:30 after participating in a power lifting tournament.

"He's not like some of these kids with their pants down to their knees and staying out at all hours of the night," Brown said. "Anybody under the age of 18 in my house is in bed by 9:30 on a school night."

When it comes to the recruiting process, Mr. Brown is there to support his son and help him if he asks for his advice, but otherwise he respects Eddie Jr's opportunity to pick the school that's right for him.

"For me, I just want him to go where he's happy and that he gets a good education," Brown said. "I didn't have the opportunity to get my degree and Eddie has that chance. He's always liked reading history books. I think he wants to be a history teacher. I hope he gets there."

After visiting Nebraska last weekend, Brown and his son will be traveling up Highway 6 45 miles for his official visit to Texas A&M. The Aggies and new coach Mike Sherman recently initiated contact with Brown and extended an invitation to visit the school this weekend, an invitation the family eagerly accepted.

"Eddie has always been an Aggie fan since he was little. There's something about them he's always liked," Brown said. "It's just up the road and we could see him play every week. It will be a tough decision though. I know he liked what he saw at Nebraska last week."

Eddie's father will make the trip with his son, but doesn't plan to spend the night in College Station.

"I'll let Eddie stay there at the hotel," Brown said. "I'd rather drive home and sleep in my bed.

Mr. Brown wasn't sure if his son was planning any additional visits after this weekend's trip to A&M, and he was unaware of a timetable for a final decision.

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