by Dave Schroeder - www.twitter.com/GulfSportsDave
Long Beach standout Richie Brown is a 2-way star who is receiving looks from 12 Division 1 schools.
With a big decision on the horizon, Brown is looking to make his senior season count.
"Richie is a special player. You don't have to worry about him, he gives 100% every down," said Long Beach head coach Tommy Browder. "Defensively he's the focal point on the defense, he's in on almost every tackle, and he chases the ball better than any player I've ever had. Offensively, he's a big play guy, he's got tremendous speed and size."
"Last year I really didn't get off the field and this year probably won't be any different. I'll pretty much be on the field the whole time... I'm just playing the game I love. You know, going both ways, just playing football," Brown said.
Richie Brown is what you call a work horse. He's the rare standout who lets his actions speak louder than his words.
"He's a great leader. He's not so much a vocal leader. He leads by example. He plays hard and he pushes everybody else to play hard and work hard as well," Browder said.
Brown has helped lead the Bearcat ground assault while also recording 313 tackles in the last 2 years.
Those impressive numbers have all the Mississippi schools, LSU, Stanford, Purdue, and others all knocking on Brown's door.
In college, he'll focus on defense.
"That's where I'll be playing in college. I've got 12 offers right now to play college football on defense, so that's definitely where I like playing more," Brown said.
Brown will put his decision on hold until the season is over, so that he can really focus on the goal at hand in Long Beach.
"Make it up to the State Championship Game, that's our goal, and nothing short of it," Brown said.
He's also focused on a personal goal, setting a new career high for tackles in a game.
"31, that was my highest, and I'm looking to exceed that a little more this year. I think I could reach 200 in one year, that's my goal," Brown said.
Brown says his biggest asset is his love for the game and his willingness to work hard every practice and every down.