February 8, 2011

DT Brown pulls the trigger: It's Army!

I'm in the process of texting Coach Holmes to let him know of my decision to become a Black Knight and commit to Army," shares big defensive tackle Tyrone Brown.

For Brown, Army offers everything that he is looking for in a school and football program. But more importantly, from the onset all the way through the recruiting process, he felt that the staff really wanted him to be part of the program … part of the Army football family.

"When I got hurt, several schools … a lot schools just turned away, but Coach Holmes was always there calling and following up with me,"

Clearly for the 6-foot-2, 295-pound from Orlando (FL) Lake Highland Prep, his connection with Holmes, along with attending West Point was too much to ignore.

"He is one of the main reasons that I am going to play for Army and attend West Point," stresses Brown. "But I also love the school; the fact that even if I were to get hurt or something, I feel they will never turn their backs on me."

Brown was down to two schools before he decided on the Black Knights after an evening of consulting with his dad, who was unable to join his son on his official visit to West Point.

There was the preferred walk-on opportunity with the Florida Gators, but as he and his family weighed his options … both short term and long term, he was prepared to give his pledge to Coach Rich Ellerson and his staff.

"It really game down to Army wanting me and Florida just having me because I was out there," he shares. "The thought of going to one of the most prestigious college in the world is something I could not turn down and it will prepare me for life after football.

I emailed Coach Holmes and told him of my decision and he said congratulations and they were excited about my decision.

This is a really great opportunity and make sure I capitalize on it and the only one who can do that is me."

Deep on the Defense

Brown's first stop will be at the USMAPS, where the staff has assembled a very impressive group of defensive talent from Brown to fellow tackle Tala Atimalala, defensive ends Jalen Rosales and Dalton Mendenhall. Then you have linebackers Jake Peterson and Dan Muenzer, along with safety/linebacker Matt Semelsberger and three quality corners in Chris Carnegie, Shaquille Tolbert and Cortland Fort.

"Going to the prep school will allow me to develop on several levels and get me ready for West Point," shares Brown, who
is familiar with the role he will play in Army's attack defense.

"I watch them against SMU and could see exactly what I could do in the system."

"Army plays the three man front where the nose tackle tries to plug up the middle. That what I can do - plug up the middle and make the linebackers look good and stop all the guards getting to them," chuckles Brown.

Getting the big defensive tackle addresses one of the recruiting needs, but the staff continues to work hard to put together the final touches on the 2011 class.

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