October 7, 2008
Solid leader for Brown
The 2009 recruiting class in Arizona has quality depth at the running back position, with no fewer than four recruits currently holding FBS offers. Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus running back Mike Brown is arguably the best running back in the state without an offer.
"Thing have picked up recruiting-wise," Brown said. "I have been hearing from a lot more schools. Schools have been asking me for my transcripts and film. My coach made a highlight film and set it out with my transcripts. A lot of schools have been telling me that they are interested in me and want to see where I am at when the season ends."
The 5-foot-10 195-pounder reported that he runs an electronically timed 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Brown said he has already received interest from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, LSU, Oregon and Oregon State. In the last few weeks, Brown said, three schools in particular have been in close contact.
"The schools I am hearing the most from are Alabama, ASU and LSU," Brown said. "The ASU coaches came by after my second game. Those are the schools that I like the most. I am looking to go to a school that is close to home. Alabama and LSU are kind of far, I guess.
"Location is probably the biggest thing for me. I want for my Mom to be able to come out and watch me play. If ASU were to offer me I would commit pretty quickly."
Brown reports a 2.3 grade point average and said that academics have become a priority for him.
"I have not taken the SAT or ACT," Brown said. "I have only taken the practice tests. That is what has almost hurt me more than anything. I tried to take it last weekend as a walk-in but I could not get it in. I want to take it as soon as I can. I want to take visits and commit as soon as I can so I can work on things that [the coaches] will want me to work on."
An all-region performer as a junior, Brown is currently on pace to have his best season so far for Cactus. Brown already has over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns through his first five games.
"My season is going pretty well so far," Brown said. "In fact it's a lot better than last year. At this point last year I definitely was not as far along in yards and touchdowns. My yards per carry are up from last season."
Brown finished the 2007 season with 241 carries for 1,370 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Cactus fell to 4-1 on season after losing to rival Peoria 27-16 Friday night. Brown had over 300 yards of total offense in the game as he more than held his own against Peoria standout Jamal Miles
"I think we look really good for the rest of the year," Brown said. "We watched the film of our last game today. We saw a lot of the mistakes that we made and we got a lot of that corrected today in practice. So we are looking to get started going again."
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