June 6, 2006

Brown's early arrival already paying off

It won't always be in the best interest of a recruit to enroll at his future college early, but that decision appears to have been a smart one for freshman tailback Carlos Brown. He, along with freshman offensive lineman Justin Boren, participated in spring practice and attended winter semester classes at Michigan, paving the way for a significant impact in the fall.

"Some kids aren't mentally prepared for that move midway through their senior year, but with Carlos, if he had stuck around here he just would have wasted three or four months of his life," Heard County High School coach Tim Barron said. "There is nothing more we could have done in this community to make him a better person or player. He's an A/B student, who had a qualifying SAT score as a sophomore. He's a good kid, a smart kid, and athletically he needed the challenge.

"Now look at what he's already got in his back pocket. He learned the system. He knows the pace at which Michigan practices and what his coaches expect of him. He knows how hard he's going to have to work to earn carries. He had the chance to meet his teammates, and become comfortable with them. He knows where his classes are, he's already gotten past his homesickness. Those are all things that can get in the way of a typical freshman from playing. But in the fall, everything for Carlos can now be about football."

Though he didn't play tailback as a senior, instead playing exclusively at quarterback in an option offense, Brown is making a quick transition to the halfback position. Based on the number of carries he received in the spring, and in the situations the coaches entrusted with him, Brown appears to be the third back in the rotation, with the opportunity to move up to No. 2 on the depth chart.

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