Key Criteria

"I'm gonna be traveling a lot and I plan to hit up most of the SEC schools then head west and check out Arizona, Stanford and I really want to see Oregon too," Michael Brown said. "I'll also go to a few Big 12 schools like Oklahoma and Missouri." Brown says that both the Sooners and Tigers are recruiting him, but haven't talked about offers yet. "Missouri is probably recruiting me the hardest..."

Michael Brown, the 6-foot-6, 305 pound offensive tackle from Lexington, Texas, has another offer to add to his list as Ole Miss became ride No. 3 on April 22. "I heard from the head coach for the first time last week," Brown said. "Then on Tuesday, the offensive line coach was at my school for practice.

"I didn't talk to him, but before he left he told my coach that they're offering me and will be sending it this week," he said.

Brown already has offers from Arizona and Stanford. "I don't know too much about Arizona yet," he admitted. "But I know that the head coach (Mike Stoops) is Bob Stoops' brother. He knows how to win, so I'm hoping he can turn it around over there. I also talked with (assistant head) coach Dana Dimel and he said that I'd be a big impact player for them and could help them out early.

"Stanford is another school that is rebuilding and I love how they beat USC last year," he said. "I think that coach Jim Harbaugh knows what he's talking about and will help them become a winning team. You can't really beat the education there. The education plus the level of football are a great combination."

He hasn't visited Arizona or Stanford yet, but says he plans to spend most of his summer on the road. "In June I'm going to like 10 camps," he said. "I don't even know which ones but I know that I won't be home at all this summer.

"I'm gonna be traveling a lot and I plan to hit up most of the SEC schools then head west and check out Arizona, Stanford and I really want to see Oregon too. I'll also go to a few Big 12 schools like Oklahoma and Missouri."

He says that both the Sooners and Tigers are recruiting him, but haven't talked about an offer yet. "Missouri is probably recruiting me the hardest right now even though they haven't offered yet," he said. "They email me like every day and I get a handwritten letter from them every week. They said they really like how I play and will be coming to one of my practices this month."

Oklahoma is also showing Brown some interest and they have exactly what he is looking for. "They win," he said. "It's that simple. They have great coaches, especially the o-line coach (James Patton). He's a really easy guy to get along with. They also offer a quality education and I'd love to play for a big-time team like Oklahoma."

Brown says that winning and tradition are key criteria for him. "I like winning," he said. "I want to make sure I pick a program that is already established or at least heading on the right track. I also love schools with good tradition."

Brown says he used to follow Texas A&M while growing up and the Aggies were the first school to offer him last year, but that was before the coaching change. "Once coach Mike Sherman came on board they started re-evaluating everything and they pulled my offer," he said. "I really haven't been hearing from them at all since I went to their junior day (in February)."

While Brown wants to get more offers he said he isn't too bothered by A&M's decision. "I haven't really followed them in a while," he admitted. "That was when I was a kid. Plus I really plan on heading out-of-state for college. Distance is not an issue. I've only been out of Texas a few times so I really want to see what's out there."

In addition to visiting these schools Brown admits he's eager to see how these teams do on the field next year. "I'll be watching all of these teams this year," he said. "I want to win, but if a team that normally has a tradition of winning has an off-season that's okay. I'll cut them some slack."

Brown says he can bench 345 pounds and squat 475. He also claims a 5.45 forty, a time he'd like to improve, and has a 24 inch vertical jump.

"I like to play until the whistle blows," Brown said. "I make the opponent not like me. When I get them down I keep pushing on them. I just loving mashing them down.

"I really want to get my 40 time down," he said. "But I'm also working on improving my footwork and I think you can never be too strong.

"I get up and go to the gym at 6:30 am every morning," he said. "I lift and do a bungee workout. At school we do a lot of agility drills and I'm also throwing the discus in the afternoons. I'm pretty much working out all day."

But Brown isn't just brawn over brains as he reports a 3.5 core GPA and is taking the ACT in June. He says he'd like to major in something related to engineering.

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