Monday, March 4, 2013
DE Glenn making a name for himself
By Damon Sayles
PLANO, Texas -- If nothing else, Brandon Glenn (Irving, Texas/Carrollton Ranchview) passes the eye test. He’s 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds, has tree trunks for legs and even sports a manly beard. The defensive end looks like the typical college defensive end.
All he needed was a little recognition in a combine setting -- coupled with a little motivation from former professional athletes. Glenn got that Sunday at the Next Level Athlete North DFW Video Showcase, and he left the event with the MVP award for defensive linemen.
Glenn said he debated about whether to show up Sunday, but all signs pointed to attending after re-evaluating his original objective.
“I’m trying to put my name out there,” Glenn said. “I want to get recruited. I can’t do that if no one knows me.”
Glenn’s presence on the football field was felt this past season, despite Ranchview winning only two games. He recorded 58 tackles, and 53 of them were solo. Additionally, 23 of the 58 were tackles for loss. Glenn also had five sacks, two pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
Glenn’s Sunday performance supported why he’s getting early interest from schools such as Oklahoma, Texas Tech and North Texas. Along with passing the eye test, he showed good technique in offensive lineman-defensive lineman drills.
At 254 pounds, Glenn said he wants to get stronger and faster. He bench presses 265 pounds and squats 460, and he’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He said Sunday was a good start to his ultimate goal of being considered one of the elite defensive ends in the state.
“I’m glad I came,” he said. “I just wanted to see what I can work on as a defensive end and to see if I can improve on my skills.”