December 18, 2008

Brown talks about his commitment

A visit to Florida in December is never a bad thing, but it took on a little extra excitement for Colorado State Coaches Pat Meyer and Steve Fairchild last week as their visit to St. Petersburg netted a commitment from defensive lineman Te' Jay Brown The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Brown gave the Rams' coaches his commitment last week and talked about his reasons on Tuesday night.

"I liked the coaches and the school when I took my visit," Brown said. "I liked the players. They made me feel like I was at home. It was a nice school and I felt like I had a chance to get better as a person and a football player."

The coaches came to see me and Coach Meyer was telling me about Colorado State and the players they had committed. They said I was a piece they were missing. I really liked it, so I decided to close the deal and wrap up my scholarship," Brown said.

The Florida defensive tackle collected 75 tackles and 10 sacks this year. Colorado State is currently Brown's only scholarship offer, although he is hearing from Louisville, Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, UConn and Grambling.

Brown said the reaction to his commitment was a little chaotic with the coaches excited, a call from from Colorado State defensive line coach Scott Brown and his mother crying.

"I did start crying," said Te'Jay's mother Vetosa Danzey. "I am very proud of him - very proud."

"She was happy I was going to college and she won't have to pay for it," Brown offered with a laugh. "My sister is in college (Bethune-Cookman) and she is footing the bill."

Before he gets to Fort Collins, Brown will be playing in the North-South St. Petersburg County All-Star Football Game on Thursday. Brown said he will be moving up to Fort Collins in May or June and plans on majoring in something in the criminal justice realm.

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