September 4, 2009

Friday Night Prospects: Dorian Brown

Despite only being a junior, Loveland (CO) Thompson Valley running back Dorian Brown is one of the top players in the Centennial State. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound workhorse tallied 1,527 yards as a sophomore in 2008 with 13 scores. In 2009, Brown has high hopes, setting a personal goal of 2,000 yards.

If Brown's hot start to 2009 is any indication of how the rest of the season will go, he shouldn't have much trouble reaching his goal as he had a solid opening night game on Friday against rival Mountain View.

Although the Thompson Valley Eagles fell 34-18 to their class 3A opponents, Brown rushed for 154 yards, three touchdowns to go along with one reception for 25 yards-the Eagles' only pass that went for more than 10 yards on the night.

"Tonight wasn't bad, I'm really not sure what to say," Brown said. "I ran hard, I tried, I could always try harder."

Even with the strong ground game Brown put on, he'd rather have gotten a victory.

"I'm kinda disappointed in tonight. Our team needs to work harder overall. If we all step up our game, hopefully we'll do better than we did today."

The highlight of Brown's night was in the first drive of the second half.

After amassing 54 yards and two touchdowns in the first two quarters, Brown led the Eagles in their first series of the third quarter with five carries for 74 yards, including a touchdown scamper of 48 yards where he broke a 5-man Mountain View pile up.

His touchdown runs were of 8, 39 and 48 yards.

Rams are the first to offer Brown

Following the game, Brown informed that Colorado State has extended him his first scholarship offer.

"It feels great to have my first offer," Brown said on Friday night. "I went to one of their practices and they showed me around-it was pretty cool."

Brown's recruiting contact at CSU is Daren Wilkinson.

Even though CSU is the first university to offer Brown, he is still hearing from schools like Colorado and UCLA. According to the Thompson Valley rusher, the CU Buffs want him to play linebacker, but he feels much more comfortable in the offensive backfield.

There's a special place in Brown's heart for Colorado State as he uncle was a walk-on kicker for the Rams. He also says he'll be at the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Boulder this weekend, a game he usually cheers for one team.

"I'm going to the CSU-CU game on Sunday. I've gone the past four years and have always rooted for CSU."

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