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November 8, 2012

Class of 2014 First Five-Stars: Tony Brown

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They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond. Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Beaumont (Texas) Ozen cornerback Tony Brown.

Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont (Texas) Ozen

Attributes: 6-1, 185, 4.4 40

Top Schools: Alabama, LSU, USC, Texas, Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Hawaii, Stanford

Tony Brown
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 185
High school: Beaumont (Texas) Ozen
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Scouting Report: Tony Brown has all the physical attributes one looks for in a cornerback. He has elite level speed, fluid hips, the size to cover big receivers and a long wingspan that allows him to make up ground and make a play when all else fails. While he can play safety, he is also an exceptional cornerback. He is a weapon off the edge on the blitz and is just as comfortable in zone coverage as he is in man-to-man. He is a supremely confident defender who has shown the ability to shut down his side of the field.

Analyst's Take: "Everywhere Brown went this summer, and he was at just about every major event he could attend, he excelled. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Brown is one of the bigger defensive backs in the 2014 class, his 4.4 speed has been verified on the track making him one of the fastest prospects in the country, and this summer he showed supreme confidence by going against anyone and everyone who wanted a piece of him. He may have been beaten at times but he came back stronger and with a mission on his mind. In addition to having supreme coverage skills, elite recovery speed and the ball skills to make a play when the ball did come his way, he is also a physical corner. He does not shy away from contact and at his size can also play either safety position if needed." -- Jason Howell, Southwest Analyst, Rivals.com

Why He's A Five-Star: "Brown is a big, physical cornerback who excels in playing tight to the line of scrimmage, getting an initial bump on receivers to slow them off the line and then has the speed and length to run with them. For a tall, long cornerback he has excellent body control and agility and he uses his long frame and arms to make plays on the ball. Brown has good closing speed, loose hips and he loves to challenge receivers. His competitive nature can't be taught." -- Mike Farrell, National Analyst, Rivals.com

His Coach Says: "He understands the scheme of things and gives you a good presence off the edge as far as putting pressure on the quarterback. Also you can utilize him in pass defense as far as man coverage. He has good cover skills. As most people have seen he has college size already. He is all of 6-1 and some change and has a good body build and is very strong. His speed, I think he was a regional finalist in the hurdles in track last year. Utilizing his speed in the secondary has been an asset." -- Beaumont Ozen head coach Jeff Nelson

Odds And Ends: Brown registered 95 tackles, an INT, and 14 PBUs as a freshman and recorded 96 tackles, 3 INT, 16 PBU, and a fumble recovery as a sophomore. ... His sister, Bealoved Brown, is a highly recruited track athlete, and his father Tony Brown played college football at Purdue and Texas Tech.

NFL Player Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Philadelphia Eagles

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