February 1, 2012
Exclusive: Speedster says yes to the Black Knights
Now that Germantown (Wis.) High's Chasen Brown is in the fold for Army football, he hopes his quarterback receives a chance to join him at West Point as a basketball recruit.
"We've been talking about how it would be great to go West Point together," said Brown. "I know the basketball team is interested in him."
Brown is referring to Josh Mongan, a 5-9, 171-pounder for Germantown's football and basketball teams. But Mongan's recruitment is a story for another sport and season.
Army football began recruiting Brown, a 5-10, 190-pounder, as a safety or an outside linebacker at the end of his senior season. He played running back and defensive end for Germantown.
"They say they'll play me at the position where I can help the team the most," Brown said. "I like defense. I like to hit people."
And Brown can blow it up ... meaning that he is also is a "legit" sprinter on the track team and clocked an hot 10.97 electronic time last spring as a junior. One of the fallacies of college football recruiting is the number of kids that claim to have run a 4.4 hand-time for 40 yards. It's an inflated number, to put it mildly.
But there is no fooling the electronic clock in track meets, and very few college football players can run 100 meters under 11.00 seconds.
"I consider myself a fast and physical player," Brown said. "I think I'm explosive and powerful. I like to run over people."
Brown's other offers are from lower division schools such as Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Platteville, Southeast Missouri State and Dubuque, but he's confident he can play at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for the Black Knights.
"I have confidence I can play at this level and help the team become a better team," Brown said. The speedy Brown could add pay immediate dividends on special teams and is projected as hybrid safety/linebacker. But his first stop will be the USMAPS.
Brown said the military commitment wasn't a concern in his decision. He said his grandfather and father served in the military, and he had considered enlisting in the Army if his college football opportunities didn't work out.
"I'm really excited to have this opportunity," he said. "This is a big weight off my shoulders."
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