College coaches have plenty of reasons to stop by Houston’s Alief Taylor High School these days.
With a few high-priority FBS prospects on campus, it’s become a routine stop for many coaches making their rounds through the state.
One of those recruits they are keeping an eye on is 2014 wide receiver Keenen Brown, who caught 35 passes for 420 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore.
“I’m fast, strong and I can run great routes,” he said. “I catch the ball well and can go after jump balls.”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Brown, who has put on 10 pounds this offseason, already has offers from Indiana, Ole Miss, SMU and Utah.
“I like Ole Miss because they are a spread offense,” Brown said. “Utah offered me and I like them and their coaches. But I don’t want to go that far. Indiana offered me and I like them because I like their coaching style. SMU offered me and I like their whole organization and how their coaches have treated me.”
One school that Brown hasn’t heard from is Texas, a school that has recruited his teammate, 2013 defensive end Torrodney Prevot for months.
Brown doesn’t have that natural interest in Texas like so many recruits who grew up in the state because he spent the first eight years of his life in Louisiana. His mother has always wanted him to go to LSU.
So if the Longhorns are to pursue him, they are going to have to sell him more on state pride than their run-first offense too.
“I don’t like their offensive style because they are run-first,” Brown said. “I have a little [interest in Texas] but not really.”
Brown did say that he would like to hear from Oklahoma State and Alabama because “they produce good wide receivers and take them to the NFL, and that’s where I want to go.”
This summer he attended camps at Baylor, SMU and Texas A&M, and really enjoyed his time in Waco because they were able to show off their skills in one-on-one competition.
“I like the attention I am getting but I have to work up to the hype,” he said. “I don’t want people thinking that I am all talk. I want to show them that I am worthy of it.”