September 28, 2010

Brown eager to get to Fort Collins

Last season the blue-ribbon member of the Colorado State recruiting class committed to join the Rams during the spring semester. This week another big-time offensive player will do the same, though for different reasons.

Loveland running back Dorian Brown committed to the Colorado State football program Sunday during his official visit to Fort Collins.

"I committed Sunday and told (Coach Steve) Fairchild and (Quarterbacks Coach Daren) Wilkinson. Anthoney Hill and Todd Stroud were there too. They were really excited and happy. They have been the most supportive about my knee. I think their program is going to do good in the next couple years. They are starting 10 freshmen this year, I think they are up-and-coming and I want to be a part of that."

Brown will graduate high school early and join the Rams in Jan. taking advantage of the CSU athletic training facilities to rehab a knee that was injured during a scrimmage this summer. Brown had ACL surgery this month and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I guess the surgery went good, he did the right knee and it feels good," Brown said. "I am walking on it, but I have a long road ahead of me."

Brown said he has gotten clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse to attend Colorado State and possesses an ACT score of 20 and a grade-point average of 3.0. He plans to Major in Sports Medicine. He added that the only thing he needed to do from a school standpoint was pick up one class, which he has already done.

"They (the coaching staff) thought it (early graduation) was a good idea and they were all for it," he said.

Brown rushed for 1,975 yards for an 0-10 Thompson Valley team in 2009 and averaged eight yards per carry. As a sophomore he ran for another 1,527 yards and 13 scores. He was ranked a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, the fourth-highest rated recruit in Colorado and the 28th best running back in the nation.

"I am a big, fast, strong running back who refuses to go down and runs hard on every play," Brown said. "They (CSU) have two seniors and then I am pretty confident in my ability. I think I can probably play a lot and start in the next year or two."

This season he injured his knee on a non-contact play prior to the start of the season. He said the Ram coaches stuck with him after the injury and he had decided he would become a Ram during his visit if everything went well.


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