November 12, 2008

Scottsdale studs coming to Fort Collins

A pair of Scottsdale studs will be in Fort Collins this weekend for the Colorado State/New Mexico match-up. Cornerback Erik Brown and running back Beau Burton of Saguaro High school in Scottsdale will be at Hughes Stadium checking out the Rams on Saturday.

Brown lists a scholarship offer from Colorado State and is hearing from Boise State, Arizona and Oregon. The 5-foot-10, 188-pounder fancies himself as a shutdown corner, thanks in part to a 4.51 40 time.

"I would say I am a playmaker," Brown said. "I give offensive coordinators problems. I am a shutdown corner in the left side. I guarantee if you play any receiver against me, I'll lock them up."

Brown has also posted impressive numbers this season scoring 12 total touchdowns including three punt return scores and seven on offense (two passing, five receiving). He has also accounted for 300 yards receiving and 200 rushing for Saguaro, which has won a state class 4-A record 29 games in a row and is going for a three-peat state title.

Location is no problem for Brown who has lived in Texas, Japan, California, Maryland, Texas and Arizona thanks to a father in the Navy. By the sounds of things, Brown is leaning heavily towards Colorado State and if he likes his visit, there is a good chance he will announce his intention to become a Ram by the end of the weekend.

"I am coming out and if I see everything I like, I'll probably make my decision this weekend. I'm hoping I will. I like Colorado State and I feel good about them. If everything is good, then this might be it."

Brown is also being recruited by Wilkinson and said he hopes to see a good team environment as well as a place he can get a good education.

"I hope to see a good environment around the team and good vibes," Brown said. "Hopefully some good business education. That is most important. Just looking for a good education and a good coaching staff."

Burton is a 5-foot-11, 204-pounder with 4.6 speed and a knack for picking up yards inside using his strength (385 bench press, 500 squat). Burton has scholarship offers from Colorado State as well as UNLV and is hearing from San Diego State and Utah. While he has a visit set up with UNLV on Dec. 12, he is focused on Fort Collins this weekend.

I am excited about Colorado," Burton said. "My family comes from a town like the one CSU is in. I want to see what environment is like. I want to see the game - there is so much I am excited for. I want to see what the town has to offer."

"This off-season I wanted to put a focus on getting my speed up and becoming a more powerful runner," Burton said. "This year I think I have done a good job of running between the tackles, breaking a lot of arm tackles and getting yards after contact."

Burton has been a leader on the Saguaro offense this year, accounting for 1,850 yards.

Burton added he is interested in seeing the CSU facilities and qualified his statement by saying he wasn't necessarily looking for new facilities, but how the facilitities worked together as well as meeting the strength and conditioning coach. One aspect of the recruitment to Colorado State that hasn't escaped his glance is the depth chart. After this season the Rams will lose the services of their top three running backs - Gartrell Johnson, Kyle Bell and Michael Myers. That means an opportunity for a young back to come in a play right away.

"I know Colorado State has a good opportunity to play early and that is what I am looking at," Burton said. "I am excited about that. UNLV - playing time is a little more down the road, three or four seasons down there. CSU is up and coming and the program is on the rise right now, so that is pretty cool."

Burton added a commitment isn't out of the question, but he will probably wait to at least talk to his coach before giving his word to any college.

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