Longtime A&M fan discusses commitment

It's funny how fast things can change. Just a few days ago, Waller (TX) defensive lineman Eddie Brown thought that his longtime dream of playing at Texas A&M wasn't going to happen. But last week the numbers changed on A&M's end of things, and Brown no longer has to move far from home. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Brown about his commitment.

It was a wild ride that took Waller (TX) defensive lineman Eddie Brown to Nebraska, but after a courtship and commitment to the Huskers, the Scout.com three star prospect ended up right where he started, an Aggie.

"I've always grown up an Aggie," Brown said. "I live right down the road from A&M and it's a school that I always followed."

However, a week ago Brown thought his college destination would be Lincoln, Nebraska. The 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle who also plays fullback returned from his Texas A&M visit without an offer. Coupled with a great visit to Nebraska along with the desire to finish the process and hit the books, Brown made a quick commitment to the Huskers.

"A&M told me they were full, and that a player would have to decommit or leave before they could offer me," Brown said. "I wanted to get the process out of the way so I could focus on my ACT test and getting my academics in order, and Nebraska is a good school so I committed last Sunday."

Well, two days later one of A&M's mid-term DL prospects didn't have the proper paperwork to enroll, and that spot suddenly opened up. Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt immediately contacted Brown to offer him the spot.

"Coach Wyatt gave me the good news. They had a full ride for me," Brown said. "I told him I wanted to commit but I had to speak with the Nebraska coaches first."

Brown finally contacted the Cornhusker coaches late last week to inform them of his switch. It's a call he didn't want to make, but he knew he had to let them know directly.

"They were a little upset. They kept telling me they had a plan for me at Nebraska," Brown said. "I just told them that I wanted to stay close to home so my father and family could watch me play. I think they understood."

The Waller native recently received a lot of recruiting attention, after it appeared that his academics were going to keep him out of Division I football. However, with a lot of effort and hard work, Brown has made a big comeback in the classroom.

"I never thought I would play college ball," Brown said. "But when people said I could play at the next level, I knew I had to buckle down with my studies if I wanted to play. I've done pretty well. I just need a 20 on my ACT to qualify."

However, there's no mistaking Brown's ability on the field, who terrorized opposing backfields in his senior season. Most notably, he dominated the line of scrimmage in a late season playoff game against highly-touted Houston Yates, which featured A&M commit and future teammate on the offensive line, Leroy Chevalier.

"I feel I have good field awareness and I can anticipate where the ball is going," Brown said. "I'm quick and try to beat my man off the ball, but I'm strong too."

Brown indicated that Texas A&M recruited him as a defensive tackle who can shift over to end in some formations. He said he's through with the recruiting process and won't take additional visits.

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