Steele Coach Talks Malcolm Brown

Shortly after running back Malcolm Brown announced his commitment to Texas, Cibolo Steele coach Michael Jinks was feeling nostalgic. So Jinks sat down in front of his computer, pulled up a recruiting site and flipped on Brown's highlight reel.

"I have to admit, it was the first time I had ever actually watched it," Jinks said. "I sat there and was just amazed. To see all the things that he was doing, it was pretty special."

Jinks said the Longhorns were getting a special person as well, calling him a leader in the Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow mold.

"As far as what he's done here at Steele, he's a great back, and he's run for a lot of yards, but that doesn't nearly start to sum up the impact that he has had on our campus and program," Jinks said. "He's a humble and hard-working guy. The longer that he's in Austin, the more people will grow to see what a special young man he is.

"Normally, you see leadership like that out of your quarterbacks," Jinks said. "I don't want to stereotype or anything but … It's rare to have that from a running back. He's kind of like a unicorn."

Of course it doesn't hurt that Brown checks in at 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, or that he has burst, balance and "impeccable" vision. But it was Brown's speed that first impressed the Longhorn staff. After his sophomore year, Brown ran a 4.54 on turf at a Texas camp, causing Coach Duane Akina to gush about Brown's run. Not only did Akina tell Jinks that he was impressed with Brown's time, but he marveled at the ease and smoothness of Brown's stride.

The time of course, didn't hurt, especially when that number was faster than what Cedric Benson clocked at a similar age. Jinks has timed Brown as low as 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"He's got the complete package," Jinks said.

That includes Brown's work ethic. The senior-to-be never gets too high, or too low, and Jinks said he has helped to prepare Steele for its nationally televised season-opener against power San Antonio Madison in that manner.

"Nothing has changed," Jinks said. "To be successful, you have to understand that no matter what stage you're on, you have to prepare consistently, as you always have.

"That's what's great about Malcolm, and what's great about this team," Jinks said. "They're going out to work. They're doing the things we've always done."

Jinks said Brown's talent and work ethic could lead to a special college career.

"Good Lord willing, if he stays healthy, I see him in New York, taking part in that Heisman television special," Jinks said. "He's a prototypical back, and he fits into what the Longhorns want to do. He's as good as I've ever seen."

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