Commentary

Malcom Brown not one to get worked up

Under Armour All-American DT low key off the field, but makes big hits, big plays on it

Originally Published: November 16, 2011
By Damon Sayles | ESPN Recruiting Nation

Don't expect four-star defensive tackle Malcom Brown to be in awe as he arrives in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

In fact, don't expect the Brenham (Texas) High School star to be bright-eyed about many things. He's a low-key guy by nature who seems to take life in stride. Such was the case Tuesday, as he calmly and collectively received his UA Game jersey during the 80-stop American Family Insurance Presents the Under Armour All-America Game selection tour.

"When I first heard about it, I wanted to play in it," said Brown, a Texas commit. "It was an honor when they offered it to me. It feels great knowing I'll get to play in the game, but when it comes, it comes. It'll be another day to me."

For Brown, an average day in football often times equates to an unhappy opponent at the end of the day. At 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, Brown is a force on the defensive side of the ball, using deceptive speed and quickness to frustrate offensive linemen and interrupt offensive schemes.

Brown is a big reason why Brenham is undefeated through 11 games and preparing for the second round of the Texas Class 4A Division II playoffs. Brenham plays Beaumont Ozen on Saturday.

Brenham coach Glen West feels it's Brown's competitive nature that made the Longhorns and several other schools want to offer a scholarship. Brown is the nation's No. 2 defensive tackles and the No. 3 player in Texas behind fellow Under Armour All-Americans Florida State commit Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan) and Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas/Aledo), who is also committed to Texas.

"Malcom is someone who has worked very hard, and he deserves all the recognition he gets," West said. "He's a tremendous leader on our football team, and he's a fierce competitor and a great athlete. He's a captain on our team for a reason."

Because Brown is so even-keeled, his demeanor on the field often is mistaken for someone who is bored with the game. And then, he delivers a hit &

"Don't get him wrong, he's a laid-back kid who has fun with life," West said, "but when it's time to play and he lines up across from somebody, he turns into a different person."

Brown added: "When it's game time, I do what I do."

Brown committed to Texas in April and chose the Longhorns over Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M. He's expecting to be a major force in the Longhorns' 4-3 setup. Even in Brenham's 3-4 package as a nose guard, he's compiled more than 200 tackles and 20 sacks in three varsity seasons.

Brown is excited about playing in the UA Game partially because he's connecting with future teammates. Brown is one of 10 players who will call Texas home next season. Brown said the Texas commits have their own Facebook fan page, and everyone stays in touch by way of social media.

And when the crew gets together Jan. 5 for the game in St. Petersburg, look for Brown to be somewhat short on words but highly active with his actions on the field.

"I've never known him to not play to be the best," West said. "That's just who he is. What you see now is what you'll see when he plays in that all-star game."

Brown added: "I want to see myself at the top, and I really see myself getting there."

Damon Sayles covers recruiting in the Midlands for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com.