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Prized college football recruit’s ‘ultimate goal to win Olympics’

Tony Brown

Beaumont Ozen High School’s Tony Brown (2346) clears the final hurdle in the Boys 4A 110 meter Hurdles in the UIL State Track & Field meet, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Following is Bryan Rudder’s Isaiah Johnson (2400) and McKinney North’s Victor Fincher. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Tony Brown is a consensus five-star prospect. He’s among the top five cornerbacks for the class of 2014 on every major recruiting service’s list.

But Brown’s focus is not primarily on football.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune asked Brown the most important thing when considering which college to sign with.

“First and foremost, I have to be able to come in January and run track,” he told the newspaper. “That’s what I want to do – come in in January and run track and not have to worry about missing out on anything in football because I know I can go to meetings and things like that.

“If that’s not possible, I couldn’t go to that school. ... And if a school has a plan for me to get to Rio in (2016), then that definitely boosts them up my list. But if they can just get me ready for the NCAA (Championships) then that’s fine, also.”

Brown, of Beaumont, Texas, can run the 110-meter hurdles in 13.38 seconds and the 100 in 10.37. He’s believed to be considering the following schools: LSU, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M, according to the report.

LSU, Florida State and Texas A&M have accomplished NCAA Championship track and field programs. LSU recently produced Olympic-quality sprinters Richard Thompson, Xavier Carter and Derrick Brew. FSU boasts Walter Dix, Marvin Bracy and Maurice Mitchell. Texas A&M had Curtis Mitchell and Demetrius Pinder.

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