National Rank at CB: 3
Overall State Rank: 4
Star Rating: *****
An Inside Texas conversation with Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor on Curtis Brown:
Inside Texas: I noticed when I went into the front office, I saw a picture of you with the Texas coaches. When did they come on up here?
Jeff Traylor: They were here a couple days ago.
IT: I bet it was an event for some folks, seeing Mack Brown and Greg Davis and those guys.
Traylor: Yeah, they're nice people. They're really good people.
IT: What's it been like working with them in the recruiting process?
Traylor: They're just such good people. They're amazing. They are who they are. I've known Coach (Ken) Rucker for 17 years and he's treated me the same as he did when I was in Big Sandy, I was in Jacksonville, I was here. He's a reflection of Coach Brown and Coach Brown, nothing but high character and he treats everybody like you'd want to be treated and I can't say enough good things about Coach Brown and Coach Rucker.
IT: Was Curtis just physically faster and more athletic than most of the people he went up against?
Traylor: No. I mean, yes and no. He's not the fastest. He ain't ever been to a state track meet in his whole life, but he can run. He ain't ever won a power-lifting meet, but he's strong. What Curtis is more than everybody else, he's the most competitive player I've coached. He has something inside of him. His motor runs full-speed at all times and he's the greatest competitor I've ever coached.
IT: I noticed that when I met him down in San Antonio (for the U.S. Army All-American Game). He's not one of those guys who's physically gigantic or looks…but he had a huge interception in the game he locked down his guy. Is he a guy who just has that innate ability to step up on gameday?
Traylor: Totally. You described him perfect. He's as good as I've ever coached when the lights come on. He's as good as I've ever been around. His willingness to compete, he's really one of those kids, whenever you have that argument, "Can you really give 110 percent?", whatever that highest number is, Curtis Brown gives it while he's on the football field.
IT: Does that help the players around him?
Traylor: Who wouldn't want to play with him? When you see a guy that plays that hard, and Curtis doesn't talk a lot. He leads by the way he plays.
IT: So he's got more of a quiet personality, you'd say?
Traylor: He's coming out of his shell a little bit. I think Coach Brown will be good for him, Coach Rucker, they've both been working with him already on his speaking, because he's not a guy that likes to talk a lot. I imagine when he leaves the University of Texas he'll be jabberin' a bit more than when he left us.
(The second half of the interview with Traylor will be available in the Inside the Class series when we release our look at the second player coming to Texas from Gilmer, quarterback G.J. Kinne)
Also see: Curtis Brown on His Dominant Day
Step-for-Step With Curtis Brown
Audio: Interview with Curtis Brown
Catching up with Curtis Brown
UT Signing Day Bio: Prep All-American and two-time all-state selection who played wide receiver and cornerback … played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … was a member of ESPN's top 150 national prospects … a first-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team … finished his career with 119 receptions for 2,183 yards (18.3 ypc) and 25 TDs … added 1,022 yards rushing on 78 carries (13.1 ypc) and 10 TDs … averaged 16.3 yards per touch as a prepster … also recorded 76 tackles, 23 PBU and five INTs while on defense … started as a receiver as a senior and a junior and at cornerback as a sophomore … earned first-team 3A all-state honors by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior … made 40 receptions for 970 yards and 14 TDs while recording 16 carries for 168 yards and one TD … also recorded 15 tackles … named district 15-3A MVP as a junior … had 63 receptions for 974 yards and 10 TDs while recording 47 carries for 750 yards and eight TDs … also recorded 15 tackles and five PBU on defense … started at cornerback for the 2004 3A State Championship team as a sophomore … recorded three tackles and three PBU in the championship game … was named District Newcomer of the Year … notched 46 tackles, 18 PBU and five INTs to go along with 16 receptions for 239 yards and a TD and 15 carries for 104 yards and a TD … played four basketball games as a junior and averaged 25 points per game … ran a 10.6 in the 100m dash as a junior while also competing in the long jump … helped victims of Hurricane Katrina with his church … enjoys drawing and rapping … father, Aundray Taylor, played football as a freshman at Oklahoma State … uncle, Hosea Taylor, was a defensive end for the Baltimore Colts in 1981 and '83 … played at the University of Houston from 1977-80 … full name is Curtis Jamaal Brown … born 9/24/88 in Longview, Texas.
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