4-STAR S CHRIS BROWN SIGNS WITH TEXAS

To play safety for Charlie Strong, you have to be a hitter who puts fear in receivers going across the middle. Consider 4-star S Chris Brown of Alief Elsik, who signed with Texas on Wednesday, the perfect fit.

You watch film of Brown playing safety at Alief Elsik and the first word that comes to mind is violent.

Big hits. I mean big hits. And speed. Basically, in Brown you get a safety who can knock you out but also a nickel corner with the speed to cover the slot.

If there's a knock on Brown, it's that he can be too agressive. But a coach will take too aggressive over a lack of aggressiveness every time.

Brown held offers from Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Houston, Missouri and Louisville, among others. He took official visits to UCLA, Arizona State, Florida, Michigan and Texas and picked the Longhorns over the Gators and Wolverines.

Brown's official visit to Texas came the weekend of Jan. 22, and Brown returned to Austin on an unofficial visit the following weekend with Alief Elsik teammate - 4-star LB Dontavious Jackson, the best middle linebacker in the state of Texas, according to Scout.

"I think the thing that coaches most appreciate about me is my versatility," Brown said. "They like the way I fill it up at safety. But they also like that I can come down as a corner and cover a slot receiver."

Analysis by Scout's Gabe Brooks:

Brown is a well-rounded defensive back who is scheme- and potentially position-versatile. Violent hitter. Aggressively patrols the secondary. Crashes downhill vs. run and screen game to deliver frequent big hits. Shows ability to become a great blitzer. Can be over-aggressive at times to hurt tackling/coverage technique, but never a lack of effort/intensity. Experience playing S and CB w/big upside as possible hybrid nickel player.

Strengths:

Instincts

Tackling Ability

Toughness

Areas to Improve:

Change of Direction

Brown By The Numbers:

Scout 300 S Ranking: No. 24 
Scout S Ranking in Texas: No. 5
Height/Weight: 5-11, 183
Estimated 40: 4.49

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