Junior to Watch: Corbin Brown

Perhaps emerging as one of the best defensive back prospects in the class of 2008 is Las Vegas (Nev.) Spring Valley's Corbin Brown. The 6-0, 160-pounder made a name for himself last year in the camps, and has had a big junior year. This fall he's been to three games of one college team...

For the past three years, the top football prospect in Nevada has come from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. In the class of 2008, a candidate to take those honors is Las Vegas (Nev.) Spring Valley safety Corbin Brown (6-0, 160).

Brown has been a frequent attendee at UCLA home games this fall, going to their contests against Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State, and the Bruins are one of the teams that Brown is considering strongly.

"Right now, I'd say my top schools are UCLA, Auburn, Wisconsin and Florida," said Brown.

Brown is hearing from several Pac-10 schools -- Washington, Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State being others -- and he's also getting letters consistently from Wisconsin, Florida and Auburn.

His trips to the Rose Bowl have given him a taste of college football, something that isn't that popular in his hometown, despite UNLV's presence. "The UCLA-Arizona game was my first time seeing a big college game aside from UNLV," said Brown. "It's really nice, the fans are all into the game. You come out to a UNLV game, and it's not even halfway filled up and there is a bunch of empty seats."

Brown also liked what he's seen from the UCLA coaches and program. "The safeties that they have right now are juniors and when they graduate, I'll be graduating (from high school), and their future prospects are they could be a good team. I've talked with Coach (Gary) DeLoach and Coach (Dino) Babers," said Brown.

Brown plans to keep the summer plenty busy, attending as many college camps as he can and he hopes to be just as busy in the spring with combines and camps set to take much of his time.

He got a head start on that this year when he attended the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles last spring. In the testing, he had the second-best forty time amongst underclassmen, the best shuttle and three-cone drill time and third-best vertical. He was one of the few underclassmen who were invited to the B2G Elite Football Program last summer and more than held his own in a talented group of campers. Brown was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January, which he is planning to attend as well.

"Going to the camps helped me a lot and put my name out there," said Brown. "It got my name out to colleges so I can show them what I can do. The camps let me know the talent that is out there, where I need to be and what my skills need to be. I can be the star on my team, but at B2G, every one is the star of their team."

At 160 pounds, Brown is hoping to add about 25-30 pounds by the time he gets to college. He's been clocked in the high 4.4s for a forty.

Brown said he would like to go through the recruiting process, and doesn't anticipate making an early decision. "I'll take a couple of unofficial visits with my dad, but I want to take my official visits," said Brown. "Playing time will be a big thing to look at.

The lone player from Nevada selected to Scout's Hot 100 Juniors List, Brown is coming off a monster year for Spring Valley. He was named the Sunset Southwest League Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team selection, was a Sunset Conference First Team pick and was a First Team all-Southern Nevada choice.

On the season, he led Spring Valley in tackles, the third straight year he has done so, finishing with 104 tackles. He added six interceptions, ten breakups and a tackle-for-loss. He also returned punts, averaging 19.1 yards per return and chipped in 15.4 yards a catch as a receiver.

Academically, he is in good shape, with a 3.35 GPA. He will take the SAT in the spring.

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