Whenever Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty High standout Kurtis Brown goes into destruction mode on the field, spectators start comparing the 6-foot-3, 285-pound battering ram and new Arizona commit to another former LHS trench standout: Cody Temple.
It just so happens that the 2017 defensive lineman Brown – who committed to Arizona on the evening of April 5 - has a connection with the former USC Trojan: They’re workout buddies.
“We actually work out every day with each other at 5 a.m.,” Brown said. “And just to see how much of a beast he was at USC and at Liberty is truly a great compliment [to be compared to him].”
Brown has pounded out his own legacy, reeling in 10 FBS offers and emerging as Kern County’s most wanted recruit for the ’17 class. Before committing to Arizona, Bown had Purdue, Oregon State, Colorado and Washington State pursuing him.
Speaking of Arizona, Brown said he was captivated by his visit to Tuscon during the week of March 29 before pulling the trigger on the Wildcats just one week later.
“Gosh I freaking loved Arizona. It was amazing. It felt like home. I had a great connection with all the coaches and some of the players,” Brown said.
Brown added that the Wildcats are the only team he’s visited with and “I'm not going to set up any unofficial visits until colleges come around Liberty in April (for the Spring Evaluation Period).”
College coaches and opponents have seen Brown as a moving chess piece on the Liberty defensive line. Brown said he’s played the three technique spot – lining up on the outside shoulder of the weakside guard – and defensive end, wrecking havoc from both spots as a pass rusher and run stopper.
He’s got a firecracker-like explosion off the snap that’s gotten defensive line coaches at the next level clamoring for him. Brown includes that he has other important traits to his game.
“My main strengths are reading blocks and getting off of them, plus pushing offensive linemen back into the quarterback,” Brown said.
Brown shows his upper body strength by bull-rushing his much bigger offensive tackle then finishing the play with a sack during the first 20 seconds of his junior highlight film. The rest of his reel shines a light on Brown’s hand technique; ranging from a swim or rip move to slip past blockers and then blow a play up.
He doesn’t just receive advice from Temple, but also from former linebacker teammate Krys Barnes, who is now getting ready to suit up for UCLA.
“Temple and Barnes have really pushed me to be the best I can and to break all of their records and lastly, be the best Liberty has ever seen,” Brown said. “It's just an amazing feeling to put all this hard work I’ve put in three times a day. Every day is truly paying off and I’m just excited to represent Liberty.”