Lebanon sophomore Keith Brown was named one of the top linebackers in attendance at the national prep football combine held Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas.
The combine is held in conjunction with the annual All-American Bowl, which is for players who will be seniors in the following fall season. The event is held at the Alamodome.
Brown plays running back and linebacker for the Warriors, but mostly participated on defense at the combine, although he still managed some offensive highlights.
All of the players in attendance were measured and tested and several common elements, including the 40-yard dash, the broad jump and the vertical leap.
Brown was listed at 6 feet, 2.5 inches and 210 pounds. His 40-yard dash time of 4.973 didn't meet his expectations, but he posted a net vertical leap of 32 inches and a broad jump of 8 feet, 8 inches.
Where he really shone was in the one-on-one drills. Matched up in pass coverage on some of the nation's top running backs, Brown broke up 12 passes, with one interception and just two completions allowed.
"It was super fun," Brown said. "Even the linebacker coach that was coaching us was like, I want to see you against him, making sure we competed against all the top guys."
Brown said the experience gave him confidence he could play linebacker at the next level.
"For sure I see how could match up one-on-one," Brown said.
He didn't get as many reps at running back because of time limitations but still managed to score a touchdown on his first time through the drill.
Brown said the combine was hectic and fast-paced and he did not feel he was properly warmed up for his 40-yard dash. Despite that, his overall performance was enough to impress officials at the combine. He was named one of the top four linebackers at the combine.
Recruiters from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette also took note of Brown. The Ragin' Cajuns offered Brown a scholarship based on his performance.
Brown's football season ended two months ago with the Warriors' loss in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. He is in the middle of wrestling season and for the past couple of weeks had been juggling the demands of that sport while training for the combine under coach Joe Mortenson.
Brown has also gained the notice of college recruiters on the West Coast and has stated previously that he is most likely to stay close to home, but does have family ties in California, as well.
The next stop on the recruiting trail for Brown is the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Los Angeles in February. That event is held in between the district wrestling championships and the state tournament.