By Robin Fambrough
What can Brown, as in Zachary High two-sport standout Keilon Brown, do for Memphis? If all goes well, play quarterback in football and in the outfield for the Tiger baseball team.
Brown, the Broncos' two-time Class 5A all-state quarterback, committed to Memphis on Monday night, about three weeks after an unofficial visit to the school.
"I've been talking about this with my parents and the rest of my family for a while," Brown said. "We came to the conclusion that Memphis is right for me. They are good with me playing both sports, and that is big. There also is a level of comfort I feel when I'm around the players and coaches."
Brown said Memphis and Houston were his finalists and joins St. Augustine receiver Khi Mathieu as a commitment. The 6-foot, 185-pound Brown enters his senior season as three-star prospect and the No. 26-ranked player in Louisiana's 2020 recruiting class, according to 247sports. He is rated as the nation's No. 20 dual-threat quarterback by 247sports after leading Zachary to two straight Class 5A titles in football.
The Advocate's reigning Boys Athlete of the Year and two-time All-Metro MVP in football, Brown passed for 2,700 yards, rushed for 1,354 yards and accounted for 30 total touchdowns. Brown is a key Louisiana recruit for new Memphis recruiting coordinator John Simon, the former Southern Lab and Louisiana Tech standout who also played for the Tennessee Titans.
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Along with being a track sprinter/hurdler and a football player, Zachary High's Sean Burrell also is an avid fisherman. So it was appropriate for the Bronco senior-to-be to find out that he landed a different kind of "big one" on the way home from a fishing trip.
The Gatorade Company announced that Burrell was selected as the 2018-19 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year on Monday morning. It is an honor that follows an injury-laden season that ended with a blaze of glory.
"This wasn't something I was sure I could get," Burrell said. "All through the spring I was had to be patient and let my body heal. At the end, I was comfortable opening up to run faster. Winning this award ... it's great."
Burrell posted nationally-ranked times in the 200 and 400 meters while leading the Broncos to a Class 5A runner-up finish at the AllState Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Outdoor Track Championships in May. He won the 200 meters in 20.79 seconds, a time which ranked sixth nationally, not long after winning the 400 in 46.52 seconds, the No. 7 national mark. Burrell, who also finished second in the 110 hurdles, gives Baton Rouge a sweep of Gatorade honors this spring. Baton Rouge High's Logan Lewis, a throws specialist, won the Gatorade Louisiana girls award.
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