Kelvin Scott Brown II is presently doing everything necessary to prepare for what he hopes is a breakthrough senior season for the Bolton High football team.
Although the regular season is roughly four months away, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back knows full well he has no time to waste, particularly as it relates to making a favorable impression upon college scouts and recruiters.
“I am a very dedicated student-athlete that is God-fearing, focused on getting better at becoming as a football player, a good citizen, and I’m graduating on time,” Brown II told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I weight train five days per week at school. I do agility and speed training on the weekends. My biggest strengths are that I have good instincts on defense and my ability to read plays before they develop. I really don’t have one set position because I consider myself an athlete.”
The fact that the 16-year-old Brown II welcomes the notion of occupying multiple positions for a Bolton team that will be looking to atone for its 2-7 mark in 2015 figures to serve as a notable attribute in the event scouts wound up inquiring about him in the foreseeable future.
Fortunately for Brown, he will be afforded the golden opportunity to increase his recruiting stock this summer at a number of Mid-South-area football camps.
According to his father, Mid-South-area professional trainer guru Kelvin Brown, Sr., Brown II is scheduled to attend camps at Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State, and Ole Miss.
Brown II is coming off of an efficient junior season in which he recorded 66 total tackles, including 43 solo tackles. In addition, he was the beneficiary of 16 broken passes and was responsible for one forced fumble, all which translated into him earning Second-Team All Region honors for his featured position.
He was named Bolton’s Most Valuable Defensive Back.
Just recently, Brown was invited to participate in the Under Armor High School Football Combine in Arkansas and is expected to make an appearance in a similar event in Memphis on May 22.
To his credit, that Brown II has the luxury of generating more exposure on an always-competitive recruiting circuit figures to benefit him mightily, especially considering he boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletic prowess on display at the collegiate level — coupled with his partaking in what appears to be intense workouts.
“My weakness is my size from what I’m told,” Brown II said. “But I feel I can make up for it with my speed and quickness.”
Which, in many cases, is what a number of college defensive backs customarily do.
Fortunately for Brown II, he’s as fast and swift as they come, and the Shelby-Metro area will surely find that out early and often in 2016.
For starters, Brown II bench presses at 260 pounds, deadlifts at 315 pounds, and squats at 335 pounds.
Impressive no doubt.
“And I am only 16 years old, so I make up some of that size with strength,” he said. “I ran a 4.7 (40-yard dash) — via laser time — last year and I feel like I have gotten faster since then, but I won’t have an official time until after the combines. I will spend this summer preparing for college by studying hard so that my grades reflect my character, working hard in the gym to continue getting stronger.”
In essence, if Brown continues at this impressive pace, his senior campaign could very well turn out to be a special one.
Ask Bolton defensive coordinator Don Myers, who was quite complementary of his stellar athlete on Wednesday.
“Right now, the biggest things are his maturing and developing,” Myers said of Brown II. “He’s a much better worker in the weight room this offseason. He has a much better understanding of the game since he was a freshman. In order for him to pursue this dream, he’s going to have to play at a high level.”
If nothing else, he’s certainly making a solid case that he’s destined to play on Saturdays starting in the Fall of 2017.
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