MIAMI, Fla. – For senior cornerback Bryon Brown, the 2015 campaign provided a new opportunity that the 6’1”, 166-pound prospect was determined to take advantage of. Last year, Brown was buried on the Norland High depth chart behind four players that all went on to play Division I football.
Now with a clear opening and an opportunity for copious playing time, Brown has flourished in his starting position for the Vikings.
“My season has been great so far,” Brown told Today’s U. “I caught two interceptions in two back-to-back games. I’m looking forward to more as the season proceeds, but as a team I feel that we need to come out and play Viking football all four quarters for the rest of the season. Our motto is: ‘We all we got, we all we need.’ “
Brown, who committed to Florida International University over the summer, has continued to receive interest from various programs across the country. Recently, Brown picked up an offer from Kent State out of the MAC and the senior athlete discussed his newfound potential collegiate destination.
“I’ve been in contact with a couple of coaches,” Brown said. “But it’s slow because they are in season as well. I recently picked up my second D1 offer from Kent State when coach [Hank] Poteat gave me a call and told me that I was offered a full ride.”
With an offer from the Kent State program under his belt, Brown discussed his reaction to the Golden Flashes’ overture.
“I was excited about the offer,” Brown said. “It was the first team to give me a chance to play on the next level out of Miami.”
Shortly after picking up his Kent State offer, Brown’s fifth of the process, the Norland senior defensive back received an additional offer from UCF.
“Coach Fisher called me,” Brown said. “He said that we’ve officially offered you a full ride and I was shocked because the call was unexpected, but it’s a great feeling.”
Brown said that since the football season is a busy time, he plans to take a visit to the UCF campus in December once his schedule has settled down. While on that visit, Brown listed off which areas of the program he will be focusing on the most.
“Pretty much the area, the people and if it’s comfortable. Do I feel safe in that environment, meeting with the coaches and the relationship between the players and the coaches?” Brown said.”
While Brown is committed to FIU, the rising cornerback is interested in leaving the Miami area.
“I want to get out of Miami,” Brown said. “But I locked in with FIU, so I want to see what other schools are like education-wise as well.”
Whichever school eventually lands his pledge will be acquiring a player who loves the game and spares no opportunity to enforce his physical prowess on an opposing receiver.
“I love hitting,” Brown said. “I’m aggressive, very aggressive and I love hitting. I’m physical at the line. I like playing man coverage because it gives me a chance to be physical with the receiver and it gives the quarterback a hard time. It makes it easier for the defensive line to get sacks. I also like blitzing.”
Look for Brown’s stock to continue to rise as his season trudges on. Norland has a bye this week, but the Brown and the Vikings return to the field on October 16th to face Coral City.