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USAAB Coach's Spotlight: Bryce Brown
Brian Byers, Head Coach East High, makes reference to a picture they have hanging on the wall in the coach's office of Pete Carroll, Mark Richt, Urban Meyer and Dan Hawkins. "They all flew in on private jets like the Big Three CEOs," says Byers. This was during Bryce Brown's junior season when he and older brother, Arthur, had not committed. Byers says things have calmed down since last year's coach and media maelstrom surrounding the two brothers. Arthur is now a linebacker for Miami, and Bryce has given a verbal pledge to the Hurricanes. The focus was on how Bryce would perform his senior season after already garnering so much national recognition. He was named EA Sports National Sophomore of the Year after rushing for more than 2,000 yards to go with 26 touchdowns, and his next year was the only junior named a USA Today Prep All-American after he rushed for 1,825 yards and 23 touchdowns. "He played real well," said coach Byers. "In his first two games of the season he only had 150 yards rushing, but after that it was all 200-plus." Bryce finished the year with 1,873 yards rushing and 6,800 for his career at Wichita East bringing to mind another great running back from Wichita, Barry Sanders. "Bryce let us do things we normally wouldn't have been able to do," said Byers. "If it was third-and-nine, we'd toss him the ball and tell him to get us a first down." Coach Byers thinks what makes Brown special is a mixture of power and speed. "Bryce possess the kind of burst of speed that if he hits his next gear, he's gone," he explained. He can score a touchdown from any time, and from anywhere on the field." When you talk with Byers about his field vision, the comparisons of Sanders become inevitable. "He has an uncanny ability to see the entire field and make cuts before they even happen. We ask each other, 'how did he know to do that?'" Although making a commitment to Miami in February, Brown has decided to keep his options open. He's made trips to Missouri, Oregon and Clemson. His brother didn't meet the incredible expectations which preceded his arrival at Miami, being relegated to special teams much of his freshman year. This is possibly a reason Bryce has decided to look around some more, or he may be looking to attend a school closer to home. "He's fairly quiet. He likes just spending time with his friends, maybe watching a game on TV," said his coach. "Wherever he ends up," coach Byers added, "he's going to make a big impact." Don't miss all the coverage Scout.com has provided on a daily basis from San Antonio. Click here for a complete list of all the updates. Scout.com Southeast's Richard Stover contributed to this report.
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