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New Leader for Brown, According to Teammates
While watching Waxahachie High's practice from the sidelines, I sat next to injured senior running back D.Q. Robinson, who's been out since tearing his ACL in the season debut in August. Turns out Robinson has grown up with Ladarius. "We've been friends since we were kids… back when we both started playing ball," said Robinson. Brown and Robinson's longtime "teammateship" could continue to the next level, as Robinson said the two are looking at the same schools. (Robinson said he and his ACL will be back in motion come basketball season.) He said he and Brown attended Baylor's skills camp together this summer before making an official visit to TCU. "I'd love playing with (Ladarius)," said Robinson. "We'd be unstoppable." I looked on to the field just in time to see Brown, the 6-2, 185-pound safety, perform a somersault into his defensive position, then proceed to dance before the next drill started. "Ladarius struck me as a shy, kind of quiet guy over the phone," I told Robinson. "Dew's a clown," he laughed. Dew? "-like Mountain Dew. That's his nickname," he added. "Off the field, he keeps to himself. On the field, it's a completely different story. He's like a kid out there." (Both Robinson and Brown said they weren't sure how or why Brown received the nickname "Dew," but said it was a name the team's called him since he was a freshman. "It just stuck, I guess," said Brown.) Head Coach David Ream also said he wasn't sure how the nickname came about, but agreed Brown can be humorous on the field. "The Ladarius we know is different than the Ladarius most people know," said Ream. "He stays loose and has fun, but I'll tell you what.. kid brings 100 percent to the field every day. Approaches every practices as if it's a game. Goes hard every play." Since Robinson was quick to tell me what the "real" Ladarius was like, I asked him where Ladarius was going to school next year. Immediate response: "TCU." A few nearby teammates nodded their heads in agreement. "That's his number one right now," Robinson said. When I asked Brown if this was true, he smiled and said he didn't know. "I like TCU, but I haven't made a decision yet," he said. "It's still early." What are the perks of TCU? "It's close to home," Brown said. "I'd be able to come in and start right away, too." He said the same perks can be applied to Texas A&M (where he said he unofficially visited this summer). Brown's also interested in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but said he won't make visits there until after season. "All the schools are recruiting me as wide receiver," Brown said. "I don't mind. I prefer wide receiver." "He likes scoring those touchdowns," chimed in Robinson. Running a 4.4 forty, Brown said his strengths are his speed and his sticky hands. With a tall, lean muscle build, Brown said he considers himself fast, but not quick. "It's those long strides," said his buddy Robinson. "Once he gets going- there's no stopping him." According to Coach Ream, with a 3-4 overall record, he and his Waxahachie Indians have to win out in order to have a shot at playoffs. The Indians travel to Lancaster (6-1) Friday, before returning home next week to host Ennis High. Waxahachie will conclude its 2010 regular season November 5th at Poteet High in Mesquite, Texas.
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