Anchoring what should be a stingy defense is defensive end Keith Browner (6-5, 225), who has the bloodlines, the size and the talent to be a strong college player.
The son of former NFL player Keith Browner Sr., the younger Browner has had several uncles and cousins play in college and in the NFL.
"We've got a long history in my family of good players. It's a great honor and makes me play that much harder," said Browner.
Browner is a good prospect in his own right. In fact, he's generally considered by scouts to be one of the best prospects in California and the west, and a top 100 national caliber player.
"I don't have a favorite right now, I'm really wide open," Browner said. "Obviously, there is some family that wants me to go to USC, and my family has always been a big USC family and that's who I grew up following. But I'm looking at all of the options I have right now and not having a favorite."
Browner did attend both UCLA and USC's Junior Days this spring. "Both of the schools stood out because they gave me a lot of knowledge on academics. They both showed me that they care about academics for their players even before football, and that is important to me."
While at UCLA's Junior Day, Browner met with both the coach recruiting him, Eric Bieniemy, and defensive coordinator Larry Kerr. Browner said, "I really liked the staff at UCLA. Coach Bieniemy is a nice guy, and has a good knowledge of the game."
Browner skipped the Nike Camp in Los Angeles this past weekend, instead he will attend the Nike Camp at Stanford next month. He also has plans to attend camps at Cal, Oregon and USC this summer, as well as the Scout Combine.
Last season, Browner had 48 tackles, 14 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles. His junior year saw Dorsey make it to the City Section Championship game, where they lost to Birmingham. This year, however, Browner said he expects a better result.
"We got a load of talent coming back and some good transfers that will make us tough to beat. I can't wait for the season to start."
Browner is holding a 2.89 GPA and scored a 1440 on the new SAT.