Most schools are lucky if they have one elite linebacker on their roster but head coach Michael Christensen at Lakewood (Calif.) has two 'backers that will be able to play for just about any school in the country. Luther Brown and Adrian McCovey are both already receiving national offers from some of the finest programs in the country.
Brown, 6-1, 215 pounds gets most of the headlines and for good reason. The athlete was named League Def. MVP, 1st team All-State Underclass and Student Sports Junior All-American. As a junior, Brown totaled 76 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. McCovey, 6-3, 215 pounds is not as heralded but almost as talented. He finished the year with 87 Tackles, two sacks and seven fumble recoveries.
"They are both pretty special football players and next season should be a lot of fun," Christensen said. "Luthur is probably rated a little higher because physically he could walk in to school and play right away. Adrian will contribute early as well but is not as physically imposing as Luthur. Almost everyone that has offered Luthur has also offered Adrian. USC, UCLA, Miami and Notre Dame would love to have both and Tennessee sent a written offer letter to Luthur last week."
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Any talk of being a package deal?
"It may happen but it is not a priority," Christensen said. "They get along and really compliment each other on and off the field, but the college decision will be an individual one. It will be fun to see where they end up. Both are qualified academically and will take the SAT in March with no expected trouble. I can't wait to see those two in August of 2005, they will be awesome."