December 5, 2008

Florida defender ready to visit FTC

A trip to Fort Collins will provide a new experience for St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School defensive tackleTe' Jay Brown - a glimpse of snow. The 6-foot-2 and 260 pound defensive tackle collected 75 tackles and 10 sacks this year, but he has never tackled the white stuff.

"I don't know. I heard about the cold and the snow, but here in Florida I've never seen snow, it is always just hot and humid," Brown said. "They (CSU coaches) just talked to me a couple hours ago and told me it was snowing in Denver. I am kind of nervous about that."

The snow seems to be the only thing about Colorado State that makes Brown nervous thus far. Presently, Colorado State is Brown's only scholarship offer, though he is hearing from Louisville, Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, UConn and Grambling.

"I haven't put together a top four or five, but right now Colorado State is the best thing I have got," Brown said. "I'll probably end up choosing Colorado State. I like a lot of the things they talk about in their program. It sounds like a place I might want to be."

Brown said he is looking forward to learning about the Rams' new facilities as well as stadium improvements as well as just to see the process behind the Colorado State program.

Brown has a 4.9 time in the 40-yard dash to go along with his 350-pound bench press max and the squat max of 550. He has a 3.0 grade point average and will take the ACT next weekend. He led his St. Petersburg team to a 9-3 record and a trip to the state semifinals this season.

"I am a team player. I am not a trash talker. I hustle, I hold my end of the rope as coach says. I help the team and if a play needs to be made, I'll try to best to make it. If I need to get better, I'll go to any extent to help the team win," Brown said.

In addition to Colorado State, Brown will visit Charleston Southern on Jan. 16. he said he will go through the process and may take more visits in an effort to pare down his list of colleges. However, he does sound happy with the CSU program.

"I am glad Colorado State has taken an interest in me and I just want to help them the best I can to get to the next level and I am thankful for the opportunity they gave me to go to college," Brown said.

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