The Race for Number One: Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown
Arthur Brown
Posted Nov 5, 2007

Four players could easily make a case for the top prospect in the country. As it is Election Week around the country, each staff member and their respective top prospect in the region, will make their case for why they should be number one. On Friday, a vote will be held for the fans to make their ultimate decision on who is the fan’s choice for number one. Up first... Arthur Brown.

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Arthur Brown, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker from East High in Wichita, Kansas is an absolute coaching dream on the defensive side of the ball.

When projecting out the number one player in the entire country it is very easy and safe to just throw an offensive player at the top of the list, but Brown certainly has all of the qualities that experts and college coaches are looking for when trying to decide which player they should list at the top of their recruiting board.

As a junior, he racked up over 150 tackles, but playing in a weaker region of the country it was easy for coaches to find out how good he was and start to scheme away from him. That did not make it any better for opposing offenses, as Brown was still able to wreak havoc this year compiling 82 tackles in six games.

The one thing that really makes you notice Brown is his tenacity on film. He is explosive off of the ball and relentless in pursuit, qualities that anyone and everyone are quick to pick up on, but you just can not get a sincere appreciation for his play until you have watched him in person.

When Brown takes a shot at the ball carrier you seem to feel it all the way on the sidelines. He does not need to get a running start he is just blessed with the talent to absolutely decimate any offensive player at any time. That hitting ability definitely takes the heart out of the opposition.

Growing up in Ohio and Oklahoma there have been many linebackers that I could try to compare Brown too. Andy Katzenmoyer was one of the greatest college players that I have ever watched and Brown has Katzenmoyer type ability to patrol from one side of the field to the other.

Another player that jumps to my mind is the pride of Jenks. Okla., and former Sooner star Rocky Calmus. Calmus just quite simply had a nose for the ball. When the Sooners needed a big play on defense Calmus was always there to answer the call. Brown just seems to have the natural instincts to be in the right place at the right time.

Brown the next Ray Lewis? (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)
While the latter two guys were great college players their bodies payed the price for what they accomplished and they were not able to enjoy sustained success in the NFL due to injury concerns. Brown will not only star on Saturday’s, but has as high of ceiling as any player in this year’s class to be listed amongst the top draft picks in the NFL when it is all said and done. There are just not too many players who will project out as the next Ray Lewis.

Brown feels blessed to be currently rated as the top prospect in the entire country and he is set on trying to prove that the experts at were correct when they selected him for the honor.

“Because I play with the spirit of God and pray for excellence before each game which helps me to play with passion on every play,” Brown said in response when asked why he should be ranked as the number one player. “Also I do not think I am the number one player in the country. I play like I am the number 100 player in the country that wants to be number one.”

With that attitude there is little doubt that Brown will be able to maintain a high level of success and provide more than enough ammo for the fans and experts of recruiting to lean on when they are discussing how they got it right when they said that Arthur Brown was clearly the top prospect in the country for the class of 2008.

Stay with all week as regional analysts Miller Safrit, Brandon Huffman, and Bob Lichtenfels will break down their arguments for why Julio Jones, Darrell Scott, and Terrelle Pryor should leap Brown and be ranked at the top.

On Friday we will take the vote to the fans and let YOU tell us who you believe is number one.

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