Our next Player Spotlight interview comes from Dorsey defensive end Keith Browner. Keith is one of the most sought after defensive ends in the country. Keith has great size and speed for his position, look for big things from Keith this season. Here's what he had to say.....
What were your official stats from last season? What honors did you
Keith: 50 tackles, 14 sacks, 7 tackle for loss, 4 caused fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries. My honors were All-city and All-league defensive lineman awards
What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?
Keith: I'm 6'5 230lbs bench 280 squat 420 clean 265 and my 40 is a 4.60
PrepCa.com: Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right now who would be your top 5?
About 11 offers so far.
PrepCa.com: What is your greatest football memory?
Keith: It would be in the playoffs last season. All the games in the playoffs were some of my best games. By that time I finally realized my full potential and used my talent and athleticism to get to the quarterback and make big plays for the team.
What are you doing to prepare for next season?
Keith: Right now, lots of hard work. Weightlifting 4 times a week, running and spring practice training with my 45lb weight vest and learning and understanding the new plays for the upcoming season.
What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Keith: Break the school's sack record and set it to where others cannot reach it for many years to come. And especially, win the championship game!
What is your strength as a football player?
Keith: Adjustments on the field, Reactions, utilizing my peripheral vision, quickness, able to get off tackles when they block and recovering
What is your weakness as a football player?
Keith: Myself, thinking negative thoughts rarely 5 minutes before a game
Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?
Keith: Myself, Stefon Johnson, Barry Johnson, Mark Johnson, Jovon Hayes, Bobby Epps. All of us are the top players on the team and highly recruited from D1 colleges.
What teammate do you really respect the most and why?
Keith: Jovon Hayes because he has been the strongest one of us all, being talked about left and right, and still remains humble and down to earth. Sort of like me and the rest of the top players. We all know that we are being highly recognized but we still remain humble because we have a long way to go before we can talk about anything and say " I know I'm good" because we didn't get to the top level yet.
Which opposing program do you respect the most?
Keith: Mclymonds and Santa Margarita because no matter how much success we have against them they still get up each and every play and play hard.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it
Keith: Never underestimate your ability towards doing anything. If you can visualize it, then you can do it. My dad told me that and I was very uplifted to here that from one of the greatest football players in NFL history. Also from one of my coaches, Coach Black, he told me not to think when I'm on the field, just react and I'll make the play. Once he told me that, a lot of weight came off my back and began to play like an all-American.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Keith: My Father, He and his brothers played in the NFL and have looked up to him since I was born. He has been doing football for quite some time when I was growing up and still managed to be in my life and take me down to the lockers after some of his games. My mother is another. A woman raising her children alone and dedicated her whole life around us before anything else and still managed to get by is very difficult. She is very strong and always finds a way to still survive after some struggles.
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Keith: Jovan Kearse, and Priest Holmes
What can we expect from your team this season?
Keith: Undefeated, and the city championship
What are your goals as far as playing football in college?
Keith: Break more school records and be able to dominate in the books as well as the field
What can you bring to a college program?
Keith: Strength, speed, commitment and championships
What is your favorite thing about the game of football?
Keith: The fans. the adrenaline rush that you get when your on the field and thousands of fans are looking and roaring so loud that you can't even hear the next play. I love to hit and make big plays, and I love to see the fear in my opponent's eyes.
What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting process?
What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?
Keith: Make sure you have a plan. Pick the school you feel most comfortable in and has the major you want to pursue. There is nothing better than dominating on the field being nationally known and also having the degree in what you're interested to do in the future. Mostly the recruiting process is confusing. There are many coaches that tug you here and there but it all clears up in the end hopefully. Just make sure you have a top 5 list early.
PrepCa.com: Your family has a strong football tradition (Dad played at USC, uncle at Notre Dame). Do you feel like there is any pressure on you to live up to the Browner legacy?
Keith: There is a lot of pressure coming from the Browner fans more than our family. None of them are pushing me towards their schools. They leave the decision up to me.
PrepCa.com would like to thank Keith for taking the time to interview with us. We wish him, his teammates and the entire Dorsey program the best of luck this season. Anyone interested in contacting Keith, email me firstname.lastname@example.org