Junior to watch: OL/DL Kevin Brown

Powerhouse Long Beach Poly will be loaded with talent once again next season and one prospect who has the Trojans high on his list is offensive/defensive lineman Kevin Brown, 6'2, 295 pounds. The two-way standout discusses his current top 5, USC's Junior Day this past weekend, and on which side of the ball he prefers playing.

Brown earned all-state underclass honors this past year, starting on the offensive line for the CIF champion Jackrabbits. This came after a terrific sophomore year at Gardena Serra where he starred at defensive tackle, racking up 55 tackles and 10 sacks. The big lineman will be playing both ways next season and despite the fact that he has proven himself at both, he does have a preference for the defensive side of the ball, "On defense, you're more free to do whatever you want. Even though there's a lot of assignments to follow, you get to get away with more things than offensive linemen, but I like the O-Line too. I think I'm pretty good there."

On the recruiting front, Brown, who recently received his first offer from UCLA, is hearing from a host of colleges and has a current top 5, headed by an intriguing new leader, "Syracuse is on top, followed by USC, UCLA, Michigan, and Oregon" he said. Why Syracuse? "I like the area. I kind of feel like I need to get out of the state and I know the coaching staff is great because they've made a lot of great players out of what they have, because you don't usually ever hear about Syracuse and this year they blew up, and I think really because of the coaches. They have to be doing something good over there." While these factors are all favorable in Brown's eyes, there is an additional reason why Syracuse is on top, "The thing that puts Syracuse on top, my brother plays at Syracuse and I'd like to play with him again."

Nebraska is actually the school Brown grew up rooting for and he explained that he has some interest in them too, "Yeah, Nebraska was my favorite team. I'm hoping to hear from them. I really haven't heard from them so I can't really put them near the top of my list" he said.

Brown made it out to USC's Junior Day this past weekend but had to leave early and actually came away with mixed emotions, "I was there for most of it. I got to meet the coaches and everything. It was great. I love the staff. USC was my leader but, you know, that Junior Day didn't really shock me or anything, or give me anything to say "Whoa" about, you know." Despite this, The Trojans are still currently 2nd in his top-5 and this is mainly due to his high opinion of the USC coaching staff, as he explained, "I talked to Coach Carroll, Coach Orgeron, Tim Davis, he's the new coach and I like him a lot. He makes me want to play O-Line a little bit, you know, even though I'm a defensive player." The Poly star also has a great relationship with Coach Orgeron and explained that this could be a factor in his decision, "Oh yeah, we're pretty close. He's a great coach. He coached all those guys at Miami. That's going to be a big factor, the coach of the position I'm going to play."

Of interest is the fact while the Bruins were the first to offer Brown, he admits to having some concerns about them, "UCLA's campus is great, but I don't know about their coaching staff and that's why they're not at the top of my list" he noted.

Also at the Trojan Junior Day with Brown was Freddie Parrish, Leon Jackson, Junior Lemeau'u, Brian Banks, Mark Washington, and recent transfer running back Lorenzo Bursey. "My friend Devin Stearns, from Serra, he was there too" explained Brown. "It was pretty cool because I have a lot of friends over there." Following the lead of last years Poly recruits, Brown explained that they all plan on going through the entire process and have even discussed attending the same college, "Oh yeah, I think they all want to go through it. Every one of them because I really haven't heard anybody thinking about committing and just stopping. We're really trying to go in a package thing, you know? All together."

With so many Division 1 prospects, The Jackrabbits are sure to be strong again next year and Brown is optimistic about the season, "We're looking good. I think we have a better chance of going 14-0 than we did last year because I see us sizing up against teams better this year."

Brown will be attending the Nike Camp this year held at USC and is currently trying to improve on a few things for next season, "Just getting back to my form I had my sophomore year. Just working on my technique as an offensive lineman, hand placement and everything" he said.


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