The Baylor Bears have been steadily picking up impact players on the defensive side of the ball to go with all the skill-position talented acquired by head coach Art Briles, a process that continued on Monday with the addition of Burton (Texas) athlete Louis Brown, who offered one of the more low-key announcements made via Twitter:
Committed today, go bears. #BaylorGang— -----R.N.I.C------ (@loulouking21) March 3, 2014
Brown had named the Bears his leader on Sunday, while offering tweets like this:
The 6'6, 208-pounder had also been seriously considering the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but a Junior Day visit in late February helped push the Bears past their conference rival. A consensus three-star prospect, 247Sports has Brown as a four-star recruit, the No. 17 athlete nationally, the No. 13 player in Texas, and the No. 135 prospect in the country. Brown also held offers from Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington, among others.
Linebacker could be the immediate destination for Brown, but because of his huge frame and lanky build, it's certainly possible that he ends up growing into a defensive end at the college level once he gets into the Baylor strength and conditioning program, which is steadily earning a reputation for turning fast high school players into strong, even faster college players under Kaz Kazadi. The Burton product looks like he could eventually carry 230 to 240 pounds.
Brown spends some time at running back for Burton, but also makes plays on defense and on special teams.
With the ball in his hands, he has remarkable fluidity and lateral quickness for an athlete of his size, as he's capable of making sharp cuts to change direction and even has a spin move. When he approaches contact, he does an excellent job of consistently lowering his shoulder and getting behind his pads to pick up extra yardage, something that many tall running backs struggle to achieve.
One play defensively shows off Brown's instincts on that side of the ball, as he jumps a screen pass and returns it for a touchdown. in fact, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position may be the best way to get Burton onto the field as he develops physically at Baylor.
There's certainly no question that if he realizes his significant upside, he could become a rangy, disruptive player for the Bears during his career.
Brown is the fifth commitment in a Baylor class that ranks No. 19 nationally and No. 5 in the Big 12 according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.