Texas A&M Recruiting: Why Track Success Will Help Ags Land 5-Star Tony Brown

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 13:  Texas A&M Aggies receiver Edward Pope #18 waits on the field during the Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M track program is the best in the nation. That success in track and field will help the Aggies sign 5-star defensive back recruit Tony Brown in February. 

The Texas A&M Men's Track team has won four out of the last five outdoor national titles, including the 2013 national championship. Aggie track head coach Pat Henry has molded the program into the best in the nation. 

Texas A&M wins 7th NCAA Championship in track and field over a five year span, 34th team title for Aggie head coach Pat Henry.

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The success in track has to catch the eye of Beaumont (TX) Ozen cornerback Tony Brown. The 6'0", 190-pound athlete is rated as a 5-star recruit by 247.com

He is ranked as the No. 14 player overall in the nation and the No. 2 player in Texas. Brown also excels in track, where he is one of the top hurdlers in the nation.

The junior from Beaumont finished second in the 100-meter sprint at the Texas State Track Meet with a time of 10.53 seconds. He was first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.40 seconds.  

Earlier in the year at the prestigious Texas Relays meet, Brown posted the fastest time in the nation when he ran the 110 hurdles in 13.38 seconds. He also ran the fastest time in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season. Not bad for a junior in high school. 

Brown is an extremely rare combination of size and speed. He is athletically gifted enough to eventually play in the NFL and compete in the Olympics in the hurdles. 

On the gridiron, he had 46 tackles with one interception as a junior. He has been a starter on varsity at Ozen since he was a freshman, and has five interceptions in his career. 

Brown is being recruited by all of the top programs in the nation. He is considering Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas and Florida State. 

Since one of his goals is to make the 2016 Olympic Team, he has gone on record as stating that the quality of the school's track program will be a major factor in his recruitment. 

Brown's older sister, Bealoved Brown, is one of the top female sprinters in the nation and signed to run track in college at LSU. Some people believe that his sister attending LSU will give the Tigers a leg up in his recruitment.

The Tigers finished seventh overall at the NCAA meet and were never considered a threat to win the title. Texas A&M produced the winner in the 110 hurdles at the event.  

Henry was the track coach at LSU before he came to A&M. He produced Olympic-level athletes in track who still starred on the football field like former Tiger Trindon Holliday

Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin can sell Brown on the ability to compete on the football field with a Top Five-caliber team, while running track for the top track team in the nation. That is a combination that no other school who is recruiting him can offer. 

Brown is one of the top athletes to come out of the state of Texas in recent memory. Texas A&M's ability to excel on the gridiron and on the track should give the Aggies the upper-hand when it comes time for him to sign his letter of intent.