Lobos cornerback commits to West Texas A&M
By Jimmy Carter
Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.
Quarterback Bivins Caraway is no longer the only Longview player committed to a college program.
Cornerback/punt returner Nakia Brown verbally pledged to Division II West Texas A&M on Monday afternoon after picking up an offer while visiting the school over the weekend.
Brown also had an offer from Navarro Junior College and interest from Tarleton State and Midwestern (Okla.) State.
"The reason I committed was because the coaches showed me so much love," Brown said. "The head coach (Don Carthel) was escorting me around campus. They were talking real highly about me. They said they redshirt all their freshman, but they're going to need me to play on the field.
"That atmosphere was crazy. It was something I didn't expect."
Brown joins Caraway, a Louisiana-Monroe commit since the summer, as the Lobos' lone commits. Six other players in the class of 2013 have offers from various programs.
If Brown does play as a freshman, it might be because of his return ability.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was a two-year starter on defense and played a key role on a strong unit this fall, finishing with 59 tackles, eight passes broken up and two interceptions.
But he might have made just as big an impact as a punt returner. Brown returned four punts for touchdowns, had two other touchdown returns called back and averaged 26.6 yards per return.
The West Texas A&M coaching staff took notice.
"The head coach told me they're going to start me off as the punt returner and kick returner," Brown said. "But he said, 'I know you have a real chance to compete at corner. I think you're just as talented as the corners we have now.'"
His first visit to the campus, located in Canyon, sealed the deal.
"They're a D-II school and so I honestly wasn't expecting it to be that nice," Brown said. "But the school is top notch and the football field is excellent. It was great.
Brown doesn't plan to visit any other schools.
"Tarleton State called me on the way back from this visit, but they couldn't match what West Texas was offering," Brown said. "And two of the defensive backs that hosted me were just so cool and telling me everything good and bad about the school. The people are really friendly. It made me feel like I was at home."
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