Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Allen QB goes with backup plan in TCU
By Jeff Andrews
ALLEN, Texas -- Matt Brown called every college he knew in search of a backup plan after Arizona's offensive coordinator left.
What the Allen quarterback found was a new front-runner.
Brown switched his commitment from Arizona to TCU in late January after the Horned Frogs showed him what they had to offer, and he signed with the school on Wednesday at a signing party at the Allen Activity Complex.
"It turned out my backup plan was a little better fit for me," Brown said. "It's like a big, huge family there. They are a team. They think being together will help them win games. They recruit players that want to play."
Brown committed to Arizona in part because of the school's prestigious meteorology school, but when offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes took the head coaching job at Louisiana Tech, Brown waited by the phone for reassurance from the Wildcats.
The call never came, and Brown hit the phone himself to find what options were still available. After calls to everyone from Notre Dame to Oregon, Brown found most schools had filled their need at quarterback, except TCU, which Brown thinks can expand on its breakout 2009 season.
And he can still pursue meteorology at TCU. The National Weather Service is right down the street.
"I want to win a national championship," Brown said. "I feel like TCU has a chance to do that. It's only a matter of time before TCU gets a BCS [title] berth. I really like the offense a lot."
Brown capped a highly decorated career at Allen with a strong senior season, throwing for 2,412 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,166 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He lead the Eagles to 10 straight wins in 2009 before a double-overtime loss to Southlake Carroll in the second round of the playoffs in an instant classic at Cowboys Stadium. Allen won a state title in 2008, but Brown was injured in the playoffs and didn't play in the title game.
Two of Brown's offensive lineman also signed on Wednesday. Tackles Luke Burleson and Cedric Ogbuehi signed with Baylor and Texas A&M, respectively.