March 23, 2009

Texas DE says hard work landed him in Norman

Few players in the past few Sooner recruiting classes have come along more surprisingly than Arlington (Texas) Bowie defensive end Jarrett Brown. The talented pass-rusher went from almost entirely unknown to holding offers from not only Oklahoma but Purdue, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and Kansas State among many others.

During the signing day events at Bowie Christian Matthews and Dexter Linton cast their lot with Kansas while Jordan Selexman ended up signing his letter of intent with Louisiana-Monroe.

That said Brown still can't believe how much things have changed for him within the last year.

"I did kind of sneak up on everybody, I wasn't sure I was going to be there as a junior. I was about 6-foot-3, 210, and now I'm about 6-foot-4 and 250-pounds," Brown said. "I hit the weight room and it helped a lot through the summer and through spring football.

"It came from, just, I knew I was going to start as a senior. Me and (Bowie head) coach (Kenny) Perry had a long talk this time last year and we were talking about things and getting right in the weight room.

"I got in there and started working hard, I was a long-time basketball player and I didn't think my future was in football until the start of my senior year, coach Perry convinced me I had a chance.

"Part of it was just my body getting bigger but the biggest part was getting after it in the weight room."

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