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Brown’s Mature Approach

By David Butler
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Missouri hopes to continue improving and growing stronger on the depth chart with new recruits such as four-star wide receiver Nate Brown.

“When you think about it, you can play football at all these various schools, but the education, the fan base, and what you can take away from the school is the most important thing.”
~Missouri commit Nate Brown

One season removed from finishing with an overall record of 5-7 and 2-6 in SEC play, the Missouri Tigers reached the SEC Championship Game in just their second season in the conference. The Tigers lost a shootout to the BCS Championship runner-up Auburn Tigers at the conference title game in early December.

After playing in the highest scoring championship game in conference history — which saw the two teams amass 1,210 yards of offense — how do the Tigers get better on offense? Missouri hopes to continue improving and growing stronger on the depth chart with new recruits such as four-star wide receiver Nate Brown.

The recruiting process can be difficult for some players, but that did not seem to be the case for Brown.

“I have an interest in business, and their business program is in the top 25 in the nation,” Brown said on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. “It started when I took an unofficial visit toward the end of the summer, and just the energy and the vibe I received from the coaches and the fans and people on the campus was just incredible. I feel like I could call this place my second home, which was a big factor.”

Brown also spoke on the influence of his high school coaches and how he took an approach many prospects may not consider when choosing a place to start a college football campaign.

“My coaches always told me, ‘how you chose a school is, you need to base it off what school you would go to if you weren’t playing football’,” he continued.

Brown also found striking similarities between the offense at Missouri and the offense his coaches implemented at his high school.

“The type of offense they run and the way they use their wide receivers was a perfect fit for me. We run a similar offense at my high school, so I felt like the transition wouldn’t be too difficult to adjust to.”

It is refreshing that a prospect would choose a school based on the best fit for his academic endeavors as opposed to how the coaching staff plans to use him during the upcoming season. The fan base at Missouri was also a big factor in Brown’s choice.

“When you think about it, you can play football at all these various schools, but the education, the fan base, and what you can take away from the school is the most important thing,” said Brown.

Looking forward, Brown wants to play for a team with the potential to compete for a championship, and also one that provides him the best opportunity to showcase his talents.

“I’m just a competitor. My coach always tells me that the best wide receivers are dominant. I just try to establish that dominance throughout the game,” Brown commented.

Maintaining a confident mentality keeps Brown one step ahead of his competitors on the field.

“I think the biggest key and factor that stands out in me and throughout my play is that when the ball goes up, I’ve made up my mind that I’m the only one that is coming down with it. Just being physical, being physical off the line, and running crisp routes is what I’m trying to focus on this year.”

Missouri seems to be closing in on its first SEC championship after last season’s play, showing it can compete with the "big boys" in the conference. Brown’s presence will only bolster an offense that proved itself as strong and relevant time after time in college football’s powerhouse conference at the end of the 2013 season.

David Butler - David Butler, of Watkinsville, Georgia, is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Journalism. During college, David spent time on staff as his university newspaper's sports editor. Growing up just outside of UGA territory, David has been constantly surrounded by the love of football. He loves cheering on his Dawgs, and has a passion for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he is not tailgating, he is perfectly content cheering on his favorite teams from the comfort of his couch with his family, friends, pets, and extremely beautiful lady friend.