Texas watches Keenan Brown

The Texas football staff has been busy evaluating the top 2011 prospects in the state this spring. One of the sophomore prospects that has drawn a look from the Longhorns is Lamar Consolidated defensive end/tight end Keenan Brown. Burnt Orange Beat visited Lamar Consolidated spring ball and spoke with Brown.

Lamar Consolidated hasn't lost a district game in four years and along the way has produced some of the more underrated and under-recruited players in the state. That won't be the case in 2011 as sophomore defensive end/tight end Keenan Brown is already attracting attention from some of the top programs in the region.

Standing a shade over 6-4, weighing around 225 pounds and coming off of an impressive 2008 season that ended with 24-4A second team All-District honors, Brown has emerged as one of the top 2011 prospects in the Houston area.

Brown played exclusively on the defensive side of the ball in 2008, but will take an expanded role as a junior.

"I started at defensive end and didn't play any offense this year," Brown said. "This year, they are going to play me at tight end. We had a full time tight end last year, so they didn't need me. I like playing defensive end better though. I just like to hit and energy and feeling you get playing defense."

Schools such as Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Notre Dame, Houston, Rice, New Mexico and Air Force among others have been by in recent days, but one school caught the eye of the talented sophomore on Friday.

"Texas came by Friday (Oscar Giles). Coach Wilson came to me before practice started and said Texas was here to watch me. That was a great feeling," Brown said.

On the recruiting front, the Longhorns and Texas Tech stand out with Texas likely to get a camp visit from the long armed prospect.

"I like UT and Texas Tech. Texas had a good defensive end I looked up to, Brian Orakpo. He is from Houston. I've always wanted to go to UT since the eighth grade. I haven't been to any campuses yet, but I'm planning to go to UT's one-day camp in June. More than likely I will go to Texas Tech and a couple of others too," Brown said.

While it's early, Brown will be taking a close look at two areas when taking unofficial visits in the coming months.

"I'm looking for things at a college that can help me have the best chance to go to the NFL. I want to go to the NFL, so the workout facilities and training programs are something I'll look at. A good education too at the same time because I don't want to come out of college without anything," Brown said.

The Mustangs return seven all-district players in 2009 along with several more starters. The list of honorees includes future D-I players in 2010 WR/RB/Ath Marcel Threat (5-9, 170, 4.55), 2011 WR D.D. Goodson (5-7, 165, 4.55), 2010 6-2.5, 245-pound DE D'Vonn Brown (offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State), 2010 DT Trey Rodriguez (6-1, 300) and OG Antoine Everett (6-4, 290, 5.4) in addition to Brown.

Keenan Brown Scouting Report

Brown stands out physically on any high school practice field. At 6-4 or slightly taller and 220-225 pounds with a developing frame, the defensive end prospect has ideal arm length, a frame to carry 250+ pounds in time, and showed the ability to run in practice at tight end.

Brown is flexible, looks athletic in a three-point stance and showed some foot quickness. He did drop a couple of passes on drag routes yesterday, but his vision was impaired on one of the throws. He made two catches without breaking stride taking one to the house in which he showed his foot quickness, and ability to turn up the field and out run a teammate at safety.

In pass pro, Brown really showed his foot quickness and ability to react laterally. One area of improvement is playing more physical and a stronger initial punch with the hands.

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