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Jumbo ATH Louis Brown commits to the Texas Longhorns
The raw athlete will bring tremendous upside with him to Austin.
The weekend came and went without a commitment attached to Friday's Under The Lights event for the Texas Longhorns, but that changed on Monday evening when Burton athlete Louis Brown tweeted out his commitment to the Horns:
JUST COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS #HOOK'EM. i will also shut down my recruiting process and finalize it
— ⭐⭐_LOUIE-B_⭐⭐ (@loulouking21) July 22, 2014
The consensus four-star prospect from the tiny Texas town of about 300 people just west of Brenham had committed to Baylor in early March before opening up his recruitment just a little more than three months later.
As his tweet indicates, he expects to shut down his recruitment at this time, which would presumably mean that he won't entertain the thought of visiting other schools.
Since he received his offer from Texas following his decommitment from Baylor, the Horns have been trending heavily in his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Brown also held offers from Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah State, and Washington.
The 6'6, 208-pounder is ranked as the No. 33 athlete nationally and the No. 49 player in the state of Texas in the 247Sports Composite rankings, which is good enough to rank as the No. 361 prospect overall. 247Sports is much higher on Brown than the rest of the industry, slotting him at No. 149 nationally, No. 16 among all athletes, and No. 15 in the state of Texas.
The big question now will be the future position for Brown -- he plays multiple positions for Burton and could project as a wide receiver, tight end, linebacker, or defensive end depending on how much weight he gains. On Friday he worked out at defensive end and then sent out this tweet following his pledge:
me and my bro @charless_94 will be unstoppable dipping off the edge no doubt #HOOK'EM
— ⭐⭐_LOUIE-B_⭐⭐ (@loulouking21) July 22, 2014
Brown spends some time at running back for Burton, but also makes plays on defense and on special teams.
With the ball in his hands, he has remarkable fluidity and lateral quickness for an athlete of his size, as he's capable of making sharp cuts to change direction and even has a spin move. When he approaches contact, he does an excellent job of consistently lowering his shoulder and getting behind his pads to pick up extra yardage, something that many tall running backs struggle to achieve.
One play defensively shows off Brown's instincts on that side of the ball, as he jumps a screen pass and returns it for a touchdown. in fact, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position may be the best way to get Burton onto the field as he develops physically.
There's certainly no question that if he realizes his significant upside, he could become a rangy, disruptive player during his career.
For Texas, there's a chance that he could end up at tight end or in an inside receiver because of need -- the Horns should probably take two tight ends in this class since the current scholarship chart features only Blake Whiteley for the 2016 season.
With plenty of room to develop left in Brown's frame, he's a bit like a lot of the defensive backs that new head coach Charlie Strong has been offering -- there's a significant amount of physical upside left and he looks like the type of kid who should be an easy gainer in college.
Brown is the 12th commit in the 2015 recruiting class for Texas, which now ranks No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and No. 1 in the Big 12.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby sees radical changes ahead for college football
Woah there, big guy.
The Big 12 version of Media Days doesn't attract nearly as much attention as the circus that surrounds the SEC, but Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby did his best to attract attention by lobbing a bomb at cheating in recruiting and predicting a Brave New World ahead for college football especially and college athletics in general.
In an apparent shot at both the NCAA and the state of recruiting in conferences like the SEC, where cheating is thought to be rampant, Bowlsby trashed the system:
Enforcement is broken. The infractions committee hasn't had a hearing in almost a year, and I think it's not an understatement to say that cheating pays, presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions.
SB Nation recently chronicled the type of cheating that happens across college football by introducing readers to the bag man and that piece definitely supports Bowlsby's conclusions.
There's also a massive talent drain going on right now in the Big 12 conference -- the schools are having trouble getting Texas prospects in the state and away from the SEC, while the rest of the geographical footprint contains little talent. The fact of the matter is that unless there are major changes in the schools that the top players from Texas pick, the Big 12 as a conference will have major difficulties winning national championships or even competing for them.
In that sense, then, Bowlsby's comments come from something akin to desperation as the conference as a whole fights to remain relevant on the recruiting trail, a process that is going better for some schools, like Baylor, than it is for others.
And where does Bowlsby see things going? He wasn't explicit in his thoughts about how the visit process and signing National Letters of Intent will change, but he did mention that the Power 5 conferences forming their own governing body is a possibility:
If we can't come to a resolution that is satisfactory on enforcement and on transfers, then those become autonomous items about which the five high-visibility conferences can go our own way and devise our own system
With the financial changes that institutions are likely going to face with the prospect of paying players -- or football players at least -- the growing gap between the haves and the have nots of college football is likely going to drive a wedge through the NCAA.
And other sports will feel the impact, according to Bowlsby, including Olympic sports and the overall scholarship process:
There is change afoot, and some of it is going to be unhappy change because I think it will ultimately reduce the number of opportunities for young people to go to college and participate in sports. And I think that's an unfortunate byproduct of the lawsuits that are out there right now.
I think all of that, in the end, will cause programs to be eliminated. I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike. I think there may be tension among and between sports on campus and institutions that have different resources. I think it's really unknown at this point what the outcomes will be.
Bowlsby believes that current fans of intercollegiate athletics won't like what's coming when the status quo changes significantly in the near future.
At this point, it seems like the only question is when and how, rather than the first important question of if it will happen. Having moved past that critical stage, the future is approaching rapidly and Bowlsby didn't mince any words while pointing that out.