Long Beach Poly's <b>Kevin Brown</b>, one of the best line prospects in the west, expresses some renewed interest in UCLA with Karl Dorrell now coach -- and says some other interesting things about his Poly teammates...
Kevin Brown, 6-2, 290, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, who is playing defensive tackle on the California squad for the CaliFlorida Bowl this Saturday, said he talked with new UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell before heading to the California team's dorms last Sunday.
"He sounded like a great guy," Brown said. "I'll get to talk to him a lot more at my official (visit). I'm looking forward to that. I set up a visit to UCLA for the 24th of January." Asked about a potential in-house visit before that, he said, "I have no idea when he would come, but I will keep in contact with him."
Before Brown heads to Westwood for a visit he still has two trips to take. "I have Florida State and Ohio State both for January." Asked if either school has offered, Brown said, "Florida State has offered, but I don't know about Ohio State."
Brown, who is the #17 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, plays well on either side of the ball and it reflects in the different kind of interest he has from different schools. "UCLA and Ohio State are recruiting me for defense. Florida State wants me for offense. It doesn't matter which position I play," he said.
In a bit of a twist, UCLA is now suddenly popular with Long Beach Poly players. Brown, along with his Poly and CaliFlorida teammates and fellow defensive linemen, Junior Lemau'u and Josh Tauanu'u, was talking up UCLA at the CaliFlorida practice on Monday. And Brown actually said, "Pretty much if UCLA offered Junior he told me he'd commit because he wants to stay on the west coast. He was interested in playing at USC, but they pulled his scholarship offer. It is not this or that, he just wants to play close to home."
When it comes to the all-star game, Brown said the California team is very active and all over the place. At Tuesday's practice Brown was one of the best on the field, making play after play in both the one-on-one line drills and the scrimmage. The strength of the team appears to be the defensive line, and it got a workout today, being two men short. "Yeah, we are pretty good, but were missing some guys. Junior and Josh aren't here. Today we had to go on every snap. We got a lot of reps today." Lemau'u and Tauanu'u were excused from practice today to attend a funeral.
As part of the festivities, the California team went bowling on Monday night. Brown has been bonding a bit with fellow defensive tackle prospect Sedrick Ellis and, when asked how he did on the lanes, Brown said, "Not too good, Sedrick Ellis beat up on me." Apparently, Ellis started off his game with five straight strikes.