January 17, 2013

QB, Kado Brown remains a hot target for Army

The Army staff continues their quest to bring in at least 2 solid athletic quarterbacks, who obviously offer the dual threat capabilities. Even with Trent Steelman's talents to pressure defenses with his legs and going down as one of Army best in recent memory, his inability to force defenses to take Army's passing game seriously was a flaw in the offense's core competencies over the past four years.

There remain several quarterback prospects who are on the team's recruiting board and who are also showing strong interest in the Black Knights.

As such, the Army staff would be elated would be elated to get the pledge from either Ty Griffin or Ahmad Bradshaw, and ecstatic if both said yes to Army.

But don't discount Kado Brown out of Ventura (Cali.) Rio Mesa High School, whose talents are comparable to those of the aforementioned Bradshaw and Griffin.

To the delight of the the staff, Brown, who most recently took his official visit to West Point, has put the Black Knights at the top of his college list. "I was there on Sunday," said Brown, as he described his two-day venture East. "It was a great experience. The campus is really nice and great facilitates. The people there are a great."

The California native was quick to point out that the manner in which he has been recruited by Army has played a role in his comfort level with the program. "Coach Payam Saadat ... well, we've become really close," adds Brown. "I met him in person when he came in before for a school visit, I've talked to him on the phone and exchanging emails here and there. Going out there he's a great guy and I like him a lot."

In addition to Saadat, Brown was able to connect with his player-host, freshman cornerback Chris Carnegie, as well as drawing a favorable impression of Army's facilities. "Oh, he (Carnegie) was cool too," declared the6-foot-0, 183 pound Brown. "Great person, great guy ... he showed me around and shared with me some of this experience."

"And all their facilities were great ...Their stadium, indoor field, the triple option stimulator, the weight room, the barracks, the dorms and even the mess hall," says a laughing Brown. "That was nice too."

"At Mesa, Brown runs out of the spread offense, which is another favorable indicator of why the staff is high on this young man. "I think it would for me to run Army's offense," shared Brown who in 2012 passed for 1,098 yard, with 8 touchdowns and 60% completion, to go along with his 940 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. "I could definitely use my feet and hopefully go in there and throw the ball a little bit too. All around I think the triple option would be a great fit for me. After practicing for awhile and getting it down I could a great leader for that offense"

In addition to the gridiron, Brown runs track at Mesa, where his two primary events are 100M (11.57) & 200M (23.06).

So where does Brown's overall recruiting stand? "Right now my interest in Army is pretty high and it's my number one school right now, although I am talking to other schools," stated Brown, who indicated that the timeframe around his final decision is still up in the air.

"I honestly can't tell you when," chuckles Brown. "But after my visits I will come home and talk to my dad, along with other family members who are influential in my life. I would say, somewhere around signing day."

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