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September 30, 2009
Brothers has Done a Lot, but isn't Done yet
For all of Oklahoma's in-state talent for the class of 2011 perhaps none have shown more production in their first year and a half as starters than Guthrie's Kentrell Brothers. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect shows off his unique athleticism by starring at wide receiver and defensive end for the Bluejays.
Early on Guthrie struggled while trying to find a quarterback but has since found their feet a bit with consecutive wins over Piedmont and Durant, a big part of that has been the work of Brothers who just last week had five catches for 44-yards in the Bluejays win over Durant.
He credits his young quarterback, Bryan Dutton for getting the offense rolling in the right direction again.
"Our freshman quarterback is getting a little more confident, he knows he is going to make plays and he is starting to get the hang of things, he was rushing to get the ball out of his hands early in the season," Brothers said.
"He took all the linemen out to eat at Red Lobster and I guess that got them all on the same page."
Early on Brothers was thought to be a possibility under center for head coach Rafe Watkins but says that short of something miraculous that won't be happening in his future.
However, he is working hard to improve his game as a linebacker, defensive end, and wide receiver both during practice with the Bluejays and on his own time.
"I'm about 6-foot-1, and 205-pounds, not big like Ronnell Lewis," he said. "I'm starting to work a lot on my speed, I've got to get my speed up to play standing up, either outside linebacker or tight end/receiver thing.
"I have a SPARQ trainer, I have a sled and the parachutes, and I take some of the cones from the locker room and I'll run 100s. I'll run sleds up the hill. Anything I can do to make myself better."
With such a large range of positions at the high school level Brothers realizes he projects all over the field at the college level.
"I don't know where I'll play, I'll line up where they put me. I'll be lucky to play anywhere. But if I could play any position, I'd like to play at outside linebacker," he said.
Brothers and his talent have already caught the eye of schools across the Big 12 from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to Missouri, Kansas State, Iowa State, and UC-Berkeley.
And while he has a boyhood favorite he admits that no school has any particular advantage.
"When I was little, I really, really liked Georgia Tech, and I really liked watching them play but as long as I can go to college for me it doesn't really matter who it is, I'd be happy with the chance," Brothers explained.
His attention began when he attended the Schuman combine in Georgia and put on an impressive performance. He admits that it was a bit different competing against players from another region and dealing with the differences in playing styles.
"Well while I was there obviously I noticed there is a lot to work on. There were some players from Booker T. out in Miami and they were really, really good and I was there for three or four days I noticed how strong they were," he said. "So I went out there the next day and was using some technique they had taught us. Then the last day I was there, I was just excited about that and I kept pushing myself and what not.
"I learned a lot to there but that's when I knew there was a lot of stuff I needed to work on, started getting the Sparq trainer."
During the trip to the Schuman camp he had a chance to tour Georgia's campus and while he enjoyed his time there he has only had a chance to check out two schools on gameday. Not surprisingly those schools are a pair of Big 12 South rivals.
"My first game I went to I went and watched Oklahoma State and Iowa State last year and a few weeks ago I went to watch Oklahoma and Tulsa," Brothers recalled.
"At Oklahoma State It was kind of weird, they just got that new stadium and what not. I had never been there and they do that wave, they have all these weird traditions and they have those little clappers.
"Honestly the Oklahoma game, that one was kind of boring it was like 45-0 in the third quarter. It was just over so soon.
"The one at Oklahoma State I had gotten player of the game and they have this award from the Ty Nichols foundation, his dad got season tickets to OSU so I won the player of the game and I got to go.
"Cal sent me an invite to their games today and so did Dartmouth."
Brothers is already receiving considerable attention but his head coach has had other division one players, like current Cowboy running back Kye Staley, and is staying after his prize pupil about the little things that can take him from a moderate level recruit to a truly elite one.
"First off he was telling me about my work ethic and my posture and how I look on the field. He was telling me about my grades and says I can go anywhere in the nation if I keep my grades up," Brothers said.
With all this in mind the thing to remember is that when you're recruiting Kentrell, you're also likely to be focusing on his younger brother, Richard Brothers, who even as a freshman already has a reputation as one of the bright young stars within the state's borders.