Nebraska Cornhuskers running backs coach Ron Brown has seen a lot during two separate stints in Lincoln.
He has molded young men’s minds, taught them to be tough on the field and humble off it. He also knows that it takes quality players to field a quality team. In 2011, his expectations on the recruiting trail may be higher than ever.
Focusing on four prospects may not seem like a big task, but the level of talent Brown is after needs to be taken into account.
Javon Williams, a 6’5” 175-pound wide receiver out of Chandler, Arizona, was recently offered by Nebraska. It just so happens that he’s starting to be offered by several other schools and the pace doesn’t look to stop.
Williams already has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Oregon State and Washington amongst others, and the month of April has just begun.
It goes beyond Williams for Brown, though.
Rivals.com has released its initial 5-star rankings. This designation goes to the prospects seen as the best and brightest.
Brown is courting one and likely has been for a while now.
Andrus Peat, a massive offensive lineman from Tempe, Arizona, whose 6’7”, 280-pound frame nearly matches that of many current Cornhuskers, is the brother of one of the team’s newest members. Andrus’ brother Todd, a former 4-star Rivals.com prospect, committed to Nebraska late during the last cycle following a hard push by the Cornhuskers
In between making his returns to the Peat household, Brown will also have to fight off many other schools for the services of Troy Hinds of Kaysville, Utah.
A defensive end prospect, Hinds has offers from Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford and Utah sitting next to the Cornhuskers’.
Finally, as if his plate weren’t already brimming, Brown is working on securing Scottsdale, Arizona’s D.J. Foster. D.J.’s laundry list of offers featuring Arkansas, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, USC and others ensure that Brown’s job won’t be an easy one.
Suddenly, four prospects doesn’t seem like such a small task, does it?
Still, Brown has learned from some of the best when it comes to the game of football and how to properly recruit. He spent 11 years under former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne as a wide receivers/tight ends coach.
Coach Brown begins a new path this year working with the Cornhusker running backs, but when their pads are locked away and his players are asleep, Brown will be on the road.
He’s got four new, young minds to mold, and it will be a fierce battle to get the opportunity to do so.
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