YEARBOOK: CHRIS BROWN
Alief Elsik safety (5-10, 199)
HOW HE GOT HERE: Brown’s recruitment was all Chris Vaughn, the former defensive backs coach who’s no longer at Texas. The official scholarship offer came last June, one month before Brown came to Austin for Texas’ summer camp in mid-July. He was in town to catch Texas’ win over Kansas on Nov. 7, and after taking visits to Arizona State, Michigan and Florida, Brown visited Texas twice in the week leading up to signing day, then made it official on Feb. 3.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 430th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 26th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 153
AT ALIEF ELSIK: Played a key role in one of the top defenses in District 23-6A, which finished the last four games of the 2015 regular season by allowing fewer than six points a game, including two shutouts. He led his district in interceptions his junior year, and missed most of his sophomore year with an injury.
2013: Played only three games with a knee injury
2014: 43 tackles, 5 interceptions, 5 breakups, 2 forced fumbles
2015: 3 interceptions
Totals: Eight interceptions the past two years
THE NUMBERS GAME: Brown was rated the No. 6 safety in Texas, behind Nacogdoches’ Brandon Jones (Texas), Manvel’s Deontay Anderson (Ole Miss), Galena Park North Shore’s Eric Monroe (LSU), Sealy’s Christian Wallace (Oregon State) and Liberty-Eylau’s Denzel Green (track and field, Stephen F. Austin). His Elsik teams went a combined 19-12 in his three years, including a 15-7 district mark. He was one of 9 UT signees (out of 24) who weren’t offered a scholarship until his senior year.
THEY SAID IT: “He’s determined to be not good, but to be great.” — Daric Zeno, Alief Elsik assistant coach
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Brown, a 3.4 student who plans to study economics and international business at Texas, said he wishes he’d have enrolled early and participated in spring football. Attending his prom and other senior-year activities kept him from making the move, though. “I honestly regret not graduating early,” he said.
2. Brown suffered a torn meniscus in the third game of his sophomore season, though he would have returned and been available to play had Elsik made the playoffs that year. “I was amazed at how quickly he came back.” Elsik defensive backs coach Daric Zeno said. “He was running in six weeks. I mean, running.”
3. Brown, who’s a cheeseburger away from weighing 200 pounds, is slotted for safety at Texas, but could move closer to the box if he keeps growing. Assuming the measurements are accurate, he’s already up 16 pounds from the listed weight in his recruiting profile.
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