Poly's Brown focused on season

While his friends were out enjoying a fine Southern California afternoon, Kevin Brown was hard at work, doing summer school homework. That's not unusual for Brown around this time of the year. He is preparing himself for his senior season of football, and according to Brown, he has a lot to prove to college scouts. Not that he's worthy of a scholarship offer - just that he's worthy of playing where he wants to play.

"I went to the Northern California NIKE camp and the Michigan week camp and other than that I've just been working out and getting prepared for the season," the 6-2, 290-pound Brown said, recapping his summer. Talking to Kevin, it's clear he relished the opportunity to go back to Michigan's camp. "It was great. The coaches were great. I enjoyed the atmosphere. There were a lot of trees there. I liked the feeling of being out there, in nature. I loved the campus. Everything was great out there. Coach (Brady) Hoke was great. Actually I liked both of the line coaches. They made it feel like home out there. It was a great experience."

With Brown's size, skills and determination, it shouldn't come as a suprise that he has offers. "UCLA is really the school that's hardest after me," Kevin said. "And then Florida State, USC, Michigan, Washington, UNLV. Most of the schools are West Coast after Florida State and Michigan. Syracuse too." UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, UNLV are the colleges that have stepped up with offers so far.

Is there a reason some of the others are playing the 'wait-and-see' game? "A lot of schools are looking at me on offense, but I want to play on the defensive line in college," Kevin said. "So they want to see me play this year. I have a lot to prove."

Brown is playing the same waiting game when it comes to setting up his official visits. "I'm just waiting until after September 1st," he said. "That's when it's all going to come together and I'll decide what trips I'll take." Washington is going to be one of those schools trying to squeeze in there. Kevin received a call from Head Coach Rick Neuheisel back during the recruiting period. "I talked to Rick Neuheisel, the head coach," Brown said. "I talked to him one morning and he offered me a scholarship at the same time. It wasn't a long talk. He seems like a nice guy. I hope I get the chance to meet him this year." Brown has no ties to UW or the area, save an uncle who lives in Vancouver, BC. "It's not that far from Washington," he said.

The big man from Poly is trying to keep all the recruiting attention in perspective. "It's great that I'm getting a lot of publicity but I'm going to have the same mindset I had last year," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and play as hard as I can. Whatever comes after that, great. I'm just trying to get to college and just trying to win this season."

His 'mindset' will be sorely tested when the Jackrabbits go to Honolulu and play the Kahuku Red Raiders, the two-time defending state champs from Hawaii. "It's always on my mind," Brown said of the visit. "I'm going all the way out to Hawaii and I'm not going out there to lose. I'm focused when I'm going out there. It's a once-in-a-lifetime trip for some of us. We are going to take advantage of it but we're going to be focused too."

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