When Ian Brown transferred to Blue Springs, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback just wanted to play. He knew big games were part of playing for the Class 6 Missouri power. What he didn’t know was how big they could get.
“It’s hard to describe,” he said of the atmosphere Friday night against Lee’s Summit West. “In the moment, you really don’t understand what you are going through until you look back at it. It’s like I’ve been here for years. Purple Nation. It’s crazy how the fan base has taken me in.”
“Going down to the final seconds, just like everyone wanted, it’s just hard to describe.”
Brown played at Rockhurst in 2012, losing to Blue Springs in the regular season and the state quarterfinals. But he didn’t fully understand the level of talent on the Wildcats roster until after becoming a part of Kelly Donahoe’s program.
“I had no idea,” he said, shaking his head. “Over the summer, I could kind of see what we have. We have weapons. We have weapons all over the place. Guys like the twins (Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis), Elijah Lee, Dalvin, Kaleb, Shep.”
“Having number one in the backfield, I knew they would key on him,” Brown said, referring to three-star running back Dalvin Warmack. “He’s automatic offense. He puts a lot of pressure on a defense that stacks the box, putting one guy on a Darrius Shepherd, or one guy on a Kaleb Prewett, which can hurt a defense.”
Brown could be the next big thing at Blue Springs. Through his first four games, he’s posted wins over Rockhurst and Lee’s Summit West, two of the premiere programs in Missouri. He’s thrown for 768 yards and 12 touchdowns, completing nearly 64% of his passes. Averaging nearly 20 yards per completion with a 6:1 TD to INT ratio, he’s flashed a strong arm and the ability to avoid turnovers.
“A lot of times, I put a lot of speed on the ball in getting it where it needs to go,” he said. “I would say I’m a pocket passer. Just a traditional drop-back, throw the ball. But I’m also a heady player. I try to know everything that’s going on at all times. I can definitely step out and move around, get out of the pocket and run if I have to.”
Brown has yet to hear from any Division 1 programs, but that will likely change if he continues to play at his current level. A competitor above all else, his commitment to preparation is likely to ensure continued success.
“I’ve been playing football since the first grade,” he said. “I’ve gotten so used to the daily grind. I mean I’ve been doing it my whole life. If it was taken away, I don’t know what I would do. I hate losing. The daily grind goes into not wanting to lose. On Friday, you aren’t going to lose because of it.”
Asked where he might want to play college football, the Blue Springs QB has allegiances beyond the local schools. Regardless, he’s still just looking for an opportunity.
“I’m really a die-hard Miami fan, so I haven’t gotten a team up here. I’ve got a thing for KU. I really enjoyed watching the KU-MU rivalry game. My mom went to Missouri, so she’s a big Missouri fan. My dad is a huge Oklahoma fan, because that’s where he kind of grew up.”
“Basically, I could go anywhere, really. I really want a good pre-medical program. I could be close to home, I could be far away from home. Really anywhere, especially if it’s warm.”