Ozen High School in Beaumont, Tx. is home to Tony Brown, one of the best football players in the country. A gifted athlete, Brown is an excellent cornerback prospect who can also play safety. He is coveted by many of the nation's best programs and could wind up at several different prominent programs.
However, the logical choice for Brown would be LSU. The Tigers are a dominant program in the SEC and do not lose many recruiting battles. The pros far outweigh the cons when it comes to playing for LSU and the program sells itself.
Should Brown indeed choose to play in Baton Rouge, he could do so for several reasons. Brown has family ties to the university, LSU has good recent history at his position and the attitude of the program may match his personality.
The Tigers annually bring in top recruiting classes and elite prospects line up to play in Baton Rouge. Tony Brown would join a talented roster and be surrounded by many other talented prospects.
Coaching is crucial in football, but coaches will tell anyone that they need as much talent as they possibly can. Players also prefer to play with other talented players to help their chances of winning. The Tigers win a lot of games and produce some of the most talented players in the NFL draft.
Les Miles has one of the most entertaining personalities in college football. He is a players' coach with an easy-going demeanor, but also has a competitive fire to him.
Miles does a terrific job of taking care of his players and is a loyal person. He is also very charming when recruiting players and can win over a family with a great in-house visit. LSU has taken on Miles' laid back personality and although he has received criticism and has his skeptics, one can not deny Miles has gotten results.
Tony Brown is from Beaumont, Tx., which is not far away from Houston. Baton Rouge is less than three hours away via car and that is not a long stretch. Signing with the Tigers would give Brown the opportunity to stay fairly close to home, while still being far enough away to independently experience all the college life has to offer.
Dennis Shaver, who has coached 22 Olympians, is the head track coach for LSU. The Tigers not only have a great football program, but their track and field team has won two indoor national championships and four outdoor titles.
Tony Brown is a great cornerback in the fall, but in the spring he may be an even better hurdler. He has Olympic potential, evidenced by winning the 2013 state title in the 110-meter high-hurdles with an amazing time of 13.4 seconds.
It would be a mistake for Brown to quit competing in track to solely focus on football, so he must search for a school with good programs in both sports. LSU gives him that opportunity.
The Tigers play great defense and one of their strengths is their secondary. John Chavis runs a great scheme and his defensive backs must be physical and fast.
Tony Brown, who has both of those traits and more, would be an outstanding fit in the LSU defense. He would be coached by Corey Raymond, who is one of the better defensive back coaches in the SEC.
The Tigers have good recent history at the position, as Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson is an LSU alum. Morris Claiborne, a 2012 first-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys, also honed his skills as a cover man in Baton Rouge.
And of course, Tyrann "Honeybadger" Mathieu made a name for himself as a ferocious defensive back for the Tigers.
Edward Paris, who is also from Texas, is a stud defensive back who committed to LSU in February. Paris is a great prospect who can play safety and cornerback.
Tony Brown has a chance to join his fellow Texan defensive back prospect in Baton Rouge to form an outstanding tandem in the secondary.
Both players have great size, excellent short-area speed and versatility. It would be quite a site to see the Tigers one day break their defensive huddle and have Brown at cornerback on one side and Paris at the opposite cornerback position.
They could also be a dynamic safety duo.
The SEC is the conference where many of the nation's best prospects aspire to play. It is the most competitive league in college football and the competition is fierce every week.
Tony Brown has NFL potential and surely wants to play professional football. The best way to prepare himself for the NFL is to play in the league that most closely resembles the pros, which just so happens to be the conference (and division) LSU plays in.
LSU track and field sprinter Beloved Brown is Tony's older sister and they have a close relationship. It would be great for Tony to attend the same school as his sister, and with Beloved signing with LSU, this makes the Tigers look even more attractive to to him.
The opportunity to play SEC football, for a laid back coach who is a proven winner with an abundance of other talented players while also running track with his sister will be tough to pass up for Brown.