Ask anybody who attended Texas’ camp on Sunday and they’ll tell you Tony Brown was one of the stars of the day.
The Beaumont (Texas) Ozen cornerback will tell you the same thing, too.
“I feel like I was the best defensive back there, and I think I worked hard enough to say that,” Brown said.
The Texas coaching staff must’ve agreed, because the 2014 prospect met with Mack Brown and secondary coach Duane Akina at the end of the day and got some good news on where he stands with the Longhorns.
“They said I was approved for an offer, and I’m hoping to get an offer at junior day,” Brown said. “It makes me want to work harder and get to that junior day and get better.”
A 6-foot, 179-pound prospect, Brown said he recorded several interceptions in one-on-one drills and didn’t allow a touchdown on the day.
He also ran a time of 4.34 in the 40-yard dash, besting the 4.39 he ran on a grass track at Texas A&M on Saturday.
Speed isn’t the name of his game, though. Brown prided himself on his toughness during his showing at Texas’ second mini camp.
“I feel like I was very physical today,” he said. “All those kids will remember who I am if I guarded them.”
By the end of the day, Brown knew he’d made a serious impression on Akina when the veteran coach talked about where he saw Brown fitting in Texas’ secondary.
“He said I reminded him of Cedric Griffin,” Brown said. “He said I was really good and he’s looking for a guy who can line up in front of somebody and bump and run and not be afraid to compete. He really sees me as a boundary corner who goes one-on-one.”
Brown’s trip to Austin is one of his final stops on a long tour of camps. In the past several weeks he’s been to A&M, Alabama, Mississippi State, Houston and TCU. He may also attend a Missouri camp later this week.
Though Brown has six early offers, he insisted he has yet to sort out which schools are his favorites. Whenever he does, Texas be somewhere on the list.
“I like them a lot and I like the school,” he said. “I think every Texas kid growing up looks at Texas as the dream school. I felt that a little bit.”