Brown Excited About UVa

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5-9, 174-pound speedster Mike Brown, one of the top commitments for the 2005 recruiting class, believes he will be able to make a significant impact for the University of Virginia. He’s hoping to make an impact soon, as he is aiming to play as a true freshman.

“I actually think I can play as a true freshman,” Brown said. “I’m going to be ready to play, but I have to earn it.”

The St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star will play cornerback for the Cavaliers. Having been timed at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, his speed along with excellent cover ability are two big reasons why UVa told him he was their number one cornerback on their board.

At the time he committed to UVa, the UVa coaches told him they would not recruit another true corner for this year’s class.

“They see me as a fast and physical cover corner,” Brown said. “They want me to play tight man coverage because that’s what they want to play in the 3-4 defense. They want to be able to blitz a lot more. The coaches said they expect a lot out of me.”

Brown recently started his off-season football training, which he will do until baseball season begins. Brown is an excellent center field for the baseball team and may play both football and baseball at some point in his collegiate career.

Before he gets to UVa, he hopes to “gain a little bit of mass. I’m at 174-pounds right now. I want to get up to around 182-pounds.”

Academically, Brown carries an 83 average, which is the equivalent to around a 3.2 GPA. He has scored 890 on the SAT, so he has qualified academically. He takes the SAT 2 placement tests soon. His first choice for a major is Criminal Justice, but Brown says that may change.

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Brown caught the first half of the MPC Computers bowl but missed the second after falling asleep.

“I actually caught the part when they were dominating, but then I fell asleep,” Brown said. “When I woke up they had lost. I heard they had a few mishaps in the secondary and barely lost.”

He is excited about the future of the football program.

“I think it’s a young team still,” Brown said. “If you look on the roster, it’s still a very young team. I think they had a good season. I think they expected to do well. They could have won some games and made a BCS bowl, but I don’t know if they expected to do that well. I know the fan base did. But I think they’re going