Friday, February 15, 2013
2014 CB Brown has big weekend planned
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- When Bealoved Brown, the sister of 2014 ESPN Watch List cornerback Tony Brown, committed to LSU last week on national signing day, it created a wave of excitement among LSU football fans.
Many believed little brother might follow big sister, one of the nation's top 2013 female sprinters, to whatever college she chose. So imagine the anticipation of this weekend's LSU junior day. Could Tony make the the three hour drive to Baton Rouge Saturday and follow his sister's lead?
Turns out, for LSU track giveth, and taketh away.
At least for this weekend.
Tony Brown is skipping LSU's junior day because he is, like his sister, also a track star and he'll attend a prestigious prep indoor meet in Idaho this weekend.
"I would be attending LSU's junior day, but I got invited to this national track meet, so I'm going to go to that," Tony Brown said.
If LSU's interested in getting Brown in the football fold, it's going to have to respect his track and field ambitions as well. Like his sister, Brown is a highly-regarded sprinter and hurdler.
"I would definitely want to go somewhere that's going to allow me to do both," he said. "That's the first question I ask. If they don't want to let me run track, then I'm not going to go there."
That should be good news for LSU and its perennial contender track program. Football players like Trindon Holliday have had success playing both sports.
"LSU has a great track program, Texas has a great track program," he said. "There are some others."
Football people say Brown's track speed translates to the football field where his size and his ability to quickly turn his hips to change direction make him one of the nation's best 2014 corners, if not the best.
With his sister headed for Baton Rouge, one can understand LSU fans' anticipation of little brother making a fast decision.
Don't expect it.
"I don't have a favorite," Brown said. "I want to see what all the schools have in store for me. I want to weigh all my options and keep looking. I don't want there to be a school I didn't think about that later, I say 'I should have gone there.' "