Thursday, April 11, 2013
Tony Brown talks NFTC, track success
By Damon Sayles
Watching ESPN Watch List cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) compete is almost like watching a one-man show. No matter what he does, there’s the understood notion that he’s going to excel.
On the football field, he’s one of the nation’s best cornerbacks, an athlete with more than 20 scholarship offers. Over the weekend, Brown not only won the defensive back MVP award at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp but also earned an invitation to The Opening this summer in Oregon.
Pretty impressive for an athlete who’s mindset is on another sport at the moment. When Brown isn’t playing football, he’s honing his skills on the track, attempting to set records as a hurdler. Brown has the nation’s fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles among high school athletes, finishing the event in 13.38 seconds at the Texas Relays on March 30.
“I’ve been working on it, and I think I’ve figured it out,” Brown said of hurdling. “I’m hoping to break the national record by next month. The record is 13.08. I feel like I have a 12 in me.”
Because of track, however, football visits have been put on a something of a backburner. Brown, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback in the fall, is still debating on whether or not he’ll take an unofficial visit to Florida State this weekend.
While it’s fun watching Brown on the track, football purists are longing for the day he decides to focus solely on football -- if that day ever comes. He has offers from Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, USC and many other programs.
Brown’s confidence was high after the NFTC, as he admitted he only had a couple of days to venture out of track mode and return back to cover-cornerback mode. Brown showed his competitive nature and blazing speed during a much-discussed 40-yard race, where he defeated three other competitors with a time of 4.37 seconds. Later, he lined up against some of the top wide receivers and further earned his stripes in 1-on-1 drills.
“I feel like every elite football player feeds off events like that,” Brown said. “This is how we make our living. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. I love getting better and going against all the top-tier guys.”
Brown added that once track season ends, he will focus his attention on finding a college home. He said he’s wide open with the process and will begin finalizing a top list once he’s able to take additional visits.