April 3, 2008

Brown looking for offers from Arizona programs

The 2009 recruiting class in Arizona appears to have one of the deepest groups of running backs in recent history. There are multiple recruits who are receiving attention from Football Bowl Subdivision (Formerly Division I-A) schools. Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus running back Mike Brown is one such prospect.

The 5-foot-10 190-pounder has already received interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, LSU, Oregon and Oregon State. Brown says that he has two favorites at the moment.

"I am looking at very strongly at ASU and Arizona", Brown said. "It is a goal of mine to stay in-state."

An all-region performer on the gridiorn, Brown is running track right now for Cactus while getting ready for the upcoming season. He expects the Cobras to have a solid team in 2008.

"I think we look like we will be really good," Brown said. "We are still trying to find some players for a few of the gaps that we have but other then that we have just about everyone returning."

After carrying the ball 241 times for 1370 yards and 18 touchdowns a season ago, Brown has bigger goals in mind for the 2008 campaign.

"One of my goals for next year is to rush for over 2000 yards and break a few records for our school and maybe some state records," Brown said.

Brown describes himself as good blocker that is an explosive runner with breakaway speed. He is working on improving himself in other areas.

"I am working with the coaches on lowering my shoulder," Brown said. "I have the power to lower my shoulder but I prefer to run around someone then to run through them."

Many believe that Brown is among the best backs in Arizona. That reputation is something that he has worked hard for, but Brown understands that with that reputation comes great expectations.

"My goal coming into high school was to become one of the best," Brown said. "I am glad that a lot of people see me now as the top back in the state but I know that if people are saying that then it means that I need to live up to that."

Brown has participated in a few of the combines so far but for now he has not set any more plans for the rest of the spring and summer.

"I am looking to see which of the junior days the guys from Arizona are going to go to," Brown said. "Then I will figure out where I am going to go from there."

When he does take the chance to visit the schools he is considering, Brown knows what he will be looking for.

"I am looking for a nice clean campus and a good environment," Brown said. "I also want to a play for a football program that spreads the ball around on offense and not one that is mainly focused on running the ball or passing the ball."

A running back since his football playing days began, Brown said there is one area in particular that needs to stand out to him.

"My number one factor would be how strong of an offensive line the school has," Brown said.

Brown says his plan for now is to take all of his visits however that could change if one of the in-state schools was to give him an offer.

"If ASU offered they would be my number one choice," Brown said. "If I didn't get an offer from another program that I thought was a better fit then I would commit early."

Arizona State's location, while important, isn't necessarily what makes the school stand out so much to Brown.

"ASU is starting to become a very good school and not just in football but in other areas too," Brown said. "For that reason I think that it would be a great place to go."

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