- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
The fact that 2014 cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) received an offer from Texas last week came as no shock to most recruitniks.
To Brown, though, that offer meant a great deal.
“Texas doesn’t usually offer this early, so I was surprised at first,” he said. “That’s a big offer and they’re definitely going to be one of the top schools for me. I grew up born and raised in Texas, so I was real happy about that offer.”
The 6-foot, 179-pound defensive back has more than 20 offers now. Among them, he said Texas, LSU, Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Mississippi State are the schools that stand out the most at this point in his process.
After saying all week he didn't think he'd be able to make it, Brown is visiting Texas on Saturday.
“They’re obviously going to be high on my list,” he said. “They have great tradition and coaches.”
He’s also looking at making an unofficial trip to Alabama with his sister, Bealoved, since she’s being recruited by the Tide’s track and field program.
Brown said he’ll sit down with his parents and figure out his plan for unofficial fall visits soon, but he is hoping to attend the Red River Rivalry game and Alabama-LSU.
After a long summer spent at any and every camp and combine he could find, Brown’s confidence couldn’t be any higher going into his junior season for Ozen.
His goal wasn’t to prove he’s the state’s No. 1 defensive back for 2014. He set out to prove he’s the No. 1 recruit in his class.
“I know that’s a high standard,” Brown said, “but why not?”
He built up his reputation as a relentless worker through those camps, and he savored the opportunity to face off against top junior and senior receivers. Brown senses he’s matured throughout the process.
Did he accomplish all that he was hoping to achieve?
“Most definitely. I have the hardware to prove it,” Brown said. “I’ve earned MVP or a top performer award and almost every camp I’ve been to. I feel like I’ve seen the best, and I feel like I’m the best. I work harder to be the best.
“God gave me enough talent and I’ve been pushed hard enough to be the best. I’ll show it with my play this year.”