June 17, 2010

Brown no stranger to the end zone

To say Murrieta (Calif.) quarterback Derrick Brown is no stranger to the end zone may be an understatement. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound signalcaller managed 18 scores via the air and another 15 on the ground last season. All those scores have ramped up the interest of college football coaches and led two - Colorado State and San Diego State to offer scholarships.

Last season Brown led his Vista Murrieta squad to the state finals and a 13-1 mark on the strength of his 1,886 passing yards and 913 rushing yards. All told, Brown scored 28 touchdowns and threw just six interceptions.

"I am tough, I think I read defenses very well, I make plays and I try to have fun on the field," Brown said. "I think when you have fun and don't worry about stuff, you tend to make plays."

The Colorado State Rams hope to convince Brown that his future lays with them in Fort Collins. Brown said he is looking for a good college town, but more importantly, a place he can get on the field quickly. Colorado State will go into battle this fall with either Pete Thomas or Nico Rainieri - both freshmen - directing the offense. Brown said that doesn't concern him.

"I am going to go wherever I go and compete," Brown said. "I think if I compete and do my job I think I have a shot to take anyone's position."

Brown said he is being recruited by CSU quarterbacks Coach Daren Wilkinson and has been impressed by what he has seen online about the Rams.

"I came home and looked up the school a little bit," Brown said. "I thought the area of Colorado State is very nice. The school is nice too. The quarterbacks seem pretty good."

If the Rams are going to have a chance at Brown, they will need to persuade him to turn down overtures from the hometown Aztecs. Brown said he likes the coaching staff and has been there quite a bit since they are literally down the street from his home. He spent Sunday at the SDSU camp showing off his skills to the Aztec coaches.

"I love the coaches," Brown said of SDSU. "They are all really, really nice. They don't BS you. They don't tell you what is not true. They are looking out for your best interest, not to use you as a piece of meat for four or five years. SDSU is on the rise as far as winning more games in their conference. I know they are doing a better job in recruiting."

Brown is, or has been to the Above and Beyond Camp at UCLA, the San Diego State camp, the USC Rising Stars Camp and the Las Vegas Elite 11 Camp. He said he is likely to commit after next football season and wants to make sure he gives himself a chance to visit Fort Collins.

"I am going to hold of and try to enjoy the recruiting process," he said. "I still want to take a visit to Colorado State to learn more about that school. Hopefully I'll be as knowledgeable about them as San Diego State."

Brown is also an accomplished basketball player, acting as a post for Vista Murietta High School. Brown said last year he averaged about nine points per game playing against centers far taller than himself.

Sometimes I go against some 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9 guys, but I can handle myself because I am tough. I don't back down from anyone," he said.

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