Mission (Kan.) Shawnee Mission North quarterback Mack Brown may share a name with the head coach at Texas, but he shares a lot more with a head coach in the other division of the Big 12.
“My dad played for Missouri on the 1968-1972 teams, including the one that went to the 1972 Orange Bowl,” Brown said. “He played with Colorado coach Gary Barnett on that team, and I think that may have helped me get looked at a little there. It may have made them a little more interested.”
While Colorado has shown plenty of interest, as Brown has in them, other schools have been ringing his phone lately, too. Amidst all the activity, Brown has yet to name a leader.
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“I like Colorado because I feel really comfortable in their coaches’ system,” he said. “They’ve also already given me an offer. But I’ve been talking to Tulsa, Kansas and Kansas State too. I like the coaches and the conference that Tulsa is in, even though they’re leaving it next year. I like the offensive system at Kansas and that they’re a program on the rise, and I like the coaching staff and the fact that Kansas State has been a powerhouse there.”
The drop-back passer, who also has the speed to scramble when needed, likes to compare some parts of his game to Colts’ passer Peyton Manning.
“I’ve got a strong arm but I can move around some when I need to,” Brown said. “I can read the defense well and elude the pass rush. I like how Peyton Manning controls the game, and I feel like I can do that because of how I can read the defense. We run a version of the west coast offense here, and it’s pretty similar to a lot of colleges, which I think will help me adapt.”
Brown has been running Shawnee Mission North’s pseudo-west coast offense with efficiency as a senior, racking up over 1700 yards while completing 124 of 190 passes. The team stands at 5-3 entering this weekend’s action, which will decide whether or not they advance to the playoffs.