Junior Prospect Charles Brown

A high school junior prospect that's considered one of the best in SoCal is Pomona Diamond Ranch's 6-5, 250-pound <b>Charles Brown.</b> Brown is getting early attention and has an early favorite, while another school has been making an impression lately...

One player who expects to shine his senior year with a new coach in tow is Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch's Charles Brown, 6-5, 250.

After spending the 2003 season as a offensive tackle for a team that struggled to a 3-7 record, Brown is hoping that a new coach and a new position will enable him to shine in 2004.

"We struggled last year. We should be improved this next year, with a new coach. I am going to try out tight end. I have never played there before, I always played offensive tackle," said Brown.

In addition to his possible position change on the offensive side of the ball, Brown is also playing defensive end, where early projections have him playing in college.

"I'm a run-stopping end, but I can also rush the passer," he said.

Already, Brown is receiving interest from area school. "I'm hearing from USC and UCLA. I'm also hearing from BYU. If the schools are serious about me, I am going to be serious about them," said Brown.

Brown said USC was a slight favorite, but that UCLA is making a quick move. "USC is slightly ahead, but I'm liking UCLA more and more each day," said Brown.

One thing helping the Bruins is the recent commitment of fellow Pomona native Osaar Rasshan, whom Brown attended junior high with. "Yeah, Osaar committed there this week. That's cool. That doesn't make UCLA the favorite, but it makes me like them more," said Brown.

With nearly a year until Signing Day, Brown is in no real hurry to make his college commitment, though he has set a time in which he would like to make a decision. "I don't have any offers yet, so I'm not in any hurry to commit. But I do want to decide before our season starts. Get the decision out of the way," said Brown.

This summer, Brown expects to attend the Southern California Nike Camp, as well as both the UCLA and USC team camps.

He has a 2.8 GPA and will take his SAT next month.

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