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'05 LA WR/S Aaron Brown


Rivals is reporting that he has been offered by tOSU

Aaron Brown



Wide Receiver / Safety
Zachary (LA)

Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 195 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds
Bench max: 270 pounds
Squat max: 325 pounds
GPA: 3.3
Combined HS stats (Frosh-Jr): 117 catches for 1,843 yards and 15 TD's. Plus 8 td's by int and kickoff/punt returns.

He has not named his top 5 but he appears to have quite a few big time offers including tOSU, scUM and Auburn.


Northeast teammates blossom into football stars

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"We're like brothers," said Brown, a three-year starter at wide receiver and free safety. "We hang out a lot together, do a lot of things together. We also talk a lot. We talk about things."

The topics generally range from how to keep atop Northeast the District 8-2A standings to what it would take for the Vikings to advance past the Class 2A state football semifinals this season.

Then, invariably, the discussions will turn to the future and more specifically, whether they'll remain teammates beyond high school.

"He's asked me where I'm going and I don't know," Brown said. "I've asked him the same thing and he doesn't know."

"We've had that talk several times," Holliday said. "Whatever happens ... it just happens."

Fortunately for both, such a decision will be waiting to be made upon the conclusion of their senior seasons.

It's a time that neither Brown, nor Holliday, would have envisioned being able to take part in before their high school careers.

"It's all a new experience to me," said Brown, who has already gotten nine scholarship offers.

"I came up playing basketball. That was my dream. So I didn't think I would be in this position. It's kind of been stressful and confusing at times when you talk to different people. My mom's told me to take it one day at a time."

Although Holliday's created a bigger national reputation as a sprinter in track, the 5-foot-6 running back/kick returner shouldn't be stereotyped in that order.

"The biggest question about Trindon was his size," Northeast coach David Masterson said. "He reminds me of (former Zachary High School and Tennessee two-sport athlete) Leonard Scott who was a tad faster. But Trindon is a football guy that also runs track."

Holliday, who began playing football in the seventh grade, said his focus toward a future in the sport changed the minute he scored a touchdown for the first time during a freshman game.

Considering how often Holliday found the end zone the past two years, it's understandable why his interest has soared.

"I don't have any favorites (schools) right now," Holliday said. "I want to go through my senior year and then recruiting will be something I look forward to going through."


In the case of Brown it's something he's had to confront for more than a year.

Schools such as Auburn, Michigan and South Carolina have offered scholarships to Brown, a combination of size (6-2, 196), strength and speed (4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash) .
He's also started at Northeast in basketball for three years and been a mainstay in the track program as a sprinter.

"Until Aaron came along his brother was the best pure athlete I had coached," Masterson said of Brown's older brother Chris, who played at Grambling State. "I had never seen Aaron until he came on our campus. My jaw dropped because he was a spitting image of Chris. After watching him play, I knew he was something special."

Brown didn't wait long to introduce himself to the end zone. His first catch, a 68-yard catch-and-run in a jamboree against Zachary his freshman year, went for a score.

Since then Brown's produced 117 catches for 1,823 yards and 15 touchdowns. He's combined for eight more touchdown on either kick or interception returns.

Brown is quick to credit his brother for serving as a role model and Masterson for his persistence.

"By him playing football, it motivated me a lot to want to go to college," Brown said of his brother. "It motivated me to work harder to get where he was and have the same chance like he did.

"I remember coach Masterson telling me there weren't too many 6-2 centers in (college) basketball," said Brown, whose averaged 17-to-18 points during his basketball career. "Then during my sophomore year I started working harder and people were noticing me more. Then I was named all-district on both offense and defense, so I knew I was doing well. That's when I started loving football."

More than meets the eye

Holliday, who has the nation's second-best indoor 55-meter time as a sophomore, did more than dispel any myths about being able to play running back at his size.

He completely destroyed it.

Holliday, who started at wide receiver as a sophomore, was named to the Class 2A All-State team and The Advocate's All-Metro teams after rushing 185 times for 1,859 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. He also earned the District 8-2A offensive MVP.

Holliday turned in the state's third-best rushing game last year, with 323 yards and five touchdowns. Twice he rushed for 230 yards or more in the regular season.

"I think a lot of people told me I was too little," said Holliday, who also scored four touchdowns on either punt or kickoff returns. "But I think I showed what I could do."

Masterson said the most impressive aspect of Holliday's rushing total was that it simply wasn't a dash to the corner where he could flash his 4.27 speed in the 40-yard dash.

"People think, because of his speed, everything he gets is to the outside," he said. "But his favorite play was off tackle. He wasn't afraid to run it up the middle, get it to that second level (speed) and have only a free safety there to beat. When he cuts it's not laterally, it's downhill. He's always gaining yards."

Concerted effort

Northeast turned into a major player on the Class 2A scene a year ago. The Vikings finished as the undefeated District 8-2A champions and wound up 12-1, losing to Sterlington in the state semifinals.

Northeast's dedication toward returning to the glory of a year ago can be traced to its offseason workouts. The Vikings lift weights and go through conditioning work four days a week along with taking part in 7-on-7 passing drills.

It's customary to find Brown and Holliday taking lead roles in the grueling heat.

"They accept their roles and don't complain," Masterson said. "And they get along. They really compliment each other very well."
For the record I dont want any receiver that ever states:" I want to go to a school that throws the ball a lot". You may say that I am counting a lot of kids out but it is just my take. If a kid is good enough to get open and make plays he will get the ball thrown to him. This is a team sport and the whole F. Davis crap from last year has left a nasty taste in my mouth with kids like this.
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I doubt we have much of a shot at him, he will likely stay in the south. Naples- I wouldn't use too broad of a brush there, all WR want to catch the ball, if he is unwilling to block that is another story. It is similiar to a B-Ball player saying I want to play for a team that puts points on the board, that doesn't mean they are unwilling to play D.
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It started with the National Media giving OSU crap for not throwing enough or scoring enough. Then you had the coaches that recruit against us saying that a kids strengths are wasted in an offense like ours. Then you have Krensel and Olivea making comments once they have left that our offense or SYSTEM didn't operate the way that it could of. All of this combined paints a picture of how we are perceived or our reality in many people's minds.

There isn't a wide receiver on the earth that doesnt want to play in a system that throws the ball a lot. The difference is that there are kids that don't say anything and want to be a part of something special. These are the kids that typically say: "what ever is best for the team" or "I don't mind redshirting" or " I will play where ever I can help the team". These are the type of kids we are landing and I want to see it continue.

If we have to explain our offense to other kids and that is more important than team then they should play somewhere when individual stats. matter more than team. I would like to think that OSU is not that type of place.
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Naplesbuckeye said:

It started with the National Media giving OSU crap for not throwing enough or scoring enough. Then you had the coaches that recruit against us saying that a kids strengths are wasted in an offense like ours. Then you have Krensel and Olivea making comments once they have left that our offense or SYSTEM didn't operate the way that it could of. All of this combined paints a picture of how we are perceived or our reality in many people's minds.
you act like the media and such are lieing....but in reality, they are absolutly right. if i'm a wide receiver from somewhere like north dakota, and i have offers from osu and usc, guess which one i'm gonna pick? usc in a heartbeat, unless i want to be a learn how to block.

not that it matters as long as we win, but we're never gonna have a very explosive offense as long as tressel is here; which in turn will make us lose a lot of blue chip wide receivers. but when you really think about it, whats the point in recruiting blue chips if you don't utilize them?
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Westbuck04.... I could see a reciever choosing Ohio State over USC for the following reasons.

Ohio State is tradionally in the Top10 almost every year. Some recruits won't mind getting the chance to start for a high profile school like Ohio State.

Per previous NFL drafts of WRs the number of catches or playing for a wide open offense appears to have no bearing on draft position. In the old days before ESPN 24/7, bulletin bds, sports talk radio and the internet the only way to get alot of pub was to play for an open passing team. Today, its alot easier to get noticed even at the small schools.

Jenkins route running and other skills didn't seem to suffer from playing WR at Ohio State. In fact, ESPN commentator M. Irving said Jenkins ran the best routes out of all the receivers...including USC M. Williams.

And something I always wondered is injuries. Does a WR that catches twice the average essentially play 2 seasons in 1 year? The WR maybe taking twice the hits?

IMO...I think the issue of conservative offense affecting recruitment of WRs is way overblown. We will not get the depth that USC will (Thats what it will affect) but there will always be a few excellant WRs who want to star on a high profile program like Ohio State.
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That is exactly my point.....how the hell does one know that we wont have a couple 600 yard plus receivers in our offense? If we get a running game going and offer a more balanced attack we very well could have receivers putting up some numbers.
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everyone always brings that up, but how many of those guys were coached by tressel? that would be 2....

i agree with the previous posters though; we'll always get a few impact receivers. my point is we're going to lose a lot of those guys as well. but if we can get the type of guys we got last year (dukes and lyons), we'll be fine.
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westbuck04 said:
everyone always brings that up, but how many of those guys were coached by tressel? that would be 2....

I think their point was that the Ohio State program has historically been looked at as a run-first, pass-seldom system, and not just under Tressel.
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