Bethlehem Lineman Picks Owls, Seeks Respect

Levi Brown

Levi Brown is a little insulted. One of three linemen to recently commit to play football at Temple, Brown doesn't think he's receiving any respect from national recruiting publications, which assign value to high school football players around the country.

Levi Brown is a little insulted.

One of three linemen to recently commit to play football at Temple, Brown doesn't think he's receiving any respect from national recruiting publications, which assign value to high school football players around the country.

As a junior at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., Brown made 35 tackles, 15 of them for losses, and four sacks, to go along with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Yet Scout.com has Brown, a defensive tackle, listed as a one-star player.

"I still don't get the credit I deserve," Brown said. "I should be a four- or five-star player. But Temple saw it, and that's what matters."

Brown is a physically gifted athlete. The 6-2 1/2, 320-pounder runs a quick 5.1 40 for a man his size and also benches over 400 pounds, squats 600, and deadlifts 550.

"I get stronger every year," Brown said. "It all starts in the weight room and then you take it out to practice. I think if I lose a little weight, I can get that time down to 5.0 or even 4.9.

"I really do think I can do a lot of things with my athleticism. I can dunk a basketball. How many guys 6-2 1/2, 320 can do that? My (high school) coach told me, ‘You're going to surprise those coaches up there at Temple with what you can do.'"

Brown said he was also being pursued by Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UConn, and Maryland, but had not been offered by any of them. He is heading to East Lansing this weekend to attend Michigan State's camp, but he said he signed up before he committed to Temple and was not reconsidering his decision.

"I can't see myself de-committing, especially for Michigan State," Brown said. "I'm close to home at Temple, so I can go home Thursdays, be with family and friends. I have a chance to play as a freshman. It was very convenient and the place I know I'd be the most comfortable.

"I'm just going up to Michigan State so I can get better. I want to compete against guys going to other schools, so I can see what they're like."

And maybe earn a couple more stars from the recruiting gurus.

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