- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Forgive ESPN 300 cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) if he hasn’t been as open with discussions on recruiting. He’s been occupied with trying to help his football team -- in every capacity possible.
Along with being a shutdown cornerback, Brown said he’s been spending some time on the offensive side of the ball, working as a wide receiver because of injury within the team. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound athlete is hoping to have an impact on both sides of the ball this weekend when Ozen plays Livingston, Texas, on Saturday.
“I’m falling back [with recruiting] to focus on the team and winning games,” said Brown, the nation’s No. 13 player in the ESPN 300. “Recruiting’s kind of been a distraction. Right now, I’m focused on playing. I had a bad ankle sprain the first game, so I’m still getting right from that. I’m just trying to help get us to the playoffs.”
Brown said with the added focus, he just doesn’t have time to focus on where he’ll play at the next level. Practice for Ozen starts at 4 p.m., and Brown said the team finishes up around 7 p.m. After practice, Brown said he gets in extra work as a cornerback and receiver. Once he gets home -- around 9 p.m. -- he focuses on homework and whatever chores he has.
However, don’t think Brown has completely put recruiting on the backburner. He said he is looking to take his first official visit next week. While nothing has been finalized, Brown said two options for the first visit are Stanford and Texas.
“When I look at Stanford, I look at more than football,” Brown said. “A degree from Stanford would go miles for me in the business world. It would look really good.
“With Texas, I was born and raised in Texas. Growing up, you look at Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor. I know [the Longhorns] on the downswing right now, but no team is down forever. I know they’re on the way up.”
Brown said he has a top five but is choosing to keep it quiet for the time being. Brown, however, did say that the two schools he’s rumored to favor -- LSU and Texas A&M -- are in the mix. Many believe LSU is the team to beat because his older sister, Bealoved, is a freshman sprinter for the Tigers’ track and field team.
Wherever he ends up, Brown expects to not only play football but also be a contributor in track. He is considered one of the best junior hurdlers in the world. Finalizing his five official visits, he said, will come with time and the assistance of his mother.
“Me and my mom are just trying to decide the best fit,” he said. “I got cleared with [NCAA] clearinghouse, so now I can start taking visits next week. I don’t know where to go yet, but I’m ready to take my visits.”
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