February 16, 2010

Centennial State rivals battling for Brown

Dorian Brown might end up being the highest ranked prospect in Colorado from the class of 2011. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound product from Loveland's Thompson Valley High School has a deadly combination of speed and strength, but despite his talent, only two main schools are after him in the early going.

"I just have those two offers right now from CSU and CU," Brown said. "I have a lot of just general letters from other schools, but that's it."

The Rams of Colorado State were the first to offer Brown last July following his showing at their junior and senior camp. CU came into the mix, offer wise, in January.

According to Brown, Colorado originally recruited him to play linebacker, but when they offered said he could whatever position he wanted to. CSU is still targeting the local prospect as a running back.

Brown attended Colorado State's junior day earlier this month and seemed to enjoy his visit despite already taking unofficials to Fort Collins, the city that borders Loveland to the north, during the fall.

"It was pretty good, it was interesting looking around the campus and stuff," he said. "I didn't get to go in the new facilities or any of that stuff, though."

As a junior in 2009 on a Thompson Valley team that went winless at 0-10, Brown was still able to rush for 1,975 yards and 23 touchdowns, which is 438 yards and 10 touchdowns better than his production as a sophomore.

Still, despite his team's poor performance, Brown quickly dismissed any rumors that he might transfer for his senior season.

"I'm going to stay," said Brown on Tuesday. "We have a lot of players returning because we only had like four seniors last year, so hopefully we'll get things together and see how it goes from there."

As good of a player as Brown is, there's still one thing in his game he's trying to improve for his senior season.

"I guess it's just my agility. It's not bad, but it good be better. Speed and power are great, but having better agility could really help me out."

With 4.49 speed and the proven ability to break a gang-tackle of five defenders, it won't be long before more top rate schools start to extend Brown offers, but it very well appears that the main battle for his signature could be between Centennial State rivals Colorado and Colorado State. Last year when the two teams met in Boulder for the Rocky Mountain Showdown, the Rams came out on top and it was something that caught Brown's eye.

But even though his uncle kicked for the Rams and he's always rooted for the green and gold when they play CU, don't count out the buffs in this race.

"I really don't have a favorite between the two schools right now, they're both pretty even."

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