September 13, 2012
Brown looks for an electrifying atmosphere
2014 Beaumont Ozen defensive back Tony Brown was one of only twenty younger guys at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge and the elite DB attended the Rivals Underclassman Challenge. Brown was a standout amongst the nation's best underclassmen at Desoto High School (Tex.) and won Defensive Back MVP honors.
Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt reviewed Brown's play following summer camps and said, "Brown proved he could not only compete, but excel against class of 2013 prospects at events such as the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge, Top Gun and Gridiron Kings. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Brown has the size of a safety but appears to be better suited to play the cornerback position in college."
Brown enters his junior season with a handful of offers. Colleges jumped on board quick and official offers poured in but Brown is taking the process slow and allowing it all to soak in. AggieYell talked with Brown before Ozen heads to Dallas (Tex.) to play Stephenville in the Lone Star Sports High School Football Classic at 1 p.m. Saturday. Ozen is 1-1 in this season. In Brown's first game against West Brook he recorded seven tackles in Ozen's 33-29 win.
AY: You received official offers at a very fast pace, where are you at this point in the recruiting process?
Brown: I continue to receive a ton of letters from a lot of different schools. But I am taking it slow making sure to take it all in.
AY: Do any programs stand out?
Brown: Not really. A lot of programs are building new facilities. I haven't really had a chance to go visit and just be there, hang out and see coaches. So, no favorites right now. I am trying to stay open until I can take some more unofficial visits and eventually take official visits I want to see how I feel when I visit these places. I wouldn't want to make a list of favorites or a decision to early and live with guilt or regret. I don't want to decide and then think back on what could have been.
AY: What schools have you already visited?
Brown: I've already been to Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma and Rutgers. So far this season I've been to the Alabama vs. Michigan game. Alabama blew them out. It was a really good game.
AY: Do you have plans to attend any more games this season?
Brown: I've got to find out who is playing when next week, because it's our bye week. I'll see who is playing and try and catch a ride. I'm not sure what school I will go to yet but want to go to the most electrifying game atmosphere and best crowd.
AY: When we talked at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge you mentioned hearing from A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin; have you heard more from the Aggies?
Brown: They have sent me a lot, a lot of letters. I believe each coach sent me a personalized letter and invited me to every game. I should have gone to that A&M, Florida game.
AY: You have a large variety of programs from all different conferences after you. What exactly are you looking for in a program?
Brown: I'm looking for a good atmosphere and how I feel when I'm there is the biggest thing. I am looking to play early.
AY: One of the best CB's in the state of Texas, what would you say is your biggest asset?
Brown: I am very competitive. When I workout and go out on the football field I always think back to the way I felt when I did not have any offers and it pushes me. My goal is to be the best CB in the nation.
AY: I saw you out at summer camps; you are confident. Where does that come from?
Brown: I work hard and when I know I am working harder than the guy I am competing against, then I know he can't beat me. I also have an athletic family with God-given talent. My dad and my uncle were corners and I can tell they were confident on the field. My mom played basketball in high school and she won a Naismith award. I can't tell by talking to her too that she was also confident.
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