One of the nation’s top prospects at any position is Lakewood (Calif.) linebacker Luthur Brown. Brown is a big time talent and is gearing up for one of the biggest games his Lancer team has ever played.
Brown, 6-2, 215 pounds is one of the top five players in the state as well as one of the top five ‘backers in the country this year. He’s big, fast and very physical. We’ve seen Brown at passing league games where he’ll lay out a poor unsuspecting receiver, even though passing league games are just one hand touch.
Brown’s Lakewood team is having their best season in over a decade. They’re currently 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state. This Friday, they’ll take on Moore league rival Long Beach Poly who is 7-1 and ranked No. 2 in the state. The Jackrabbits have won the last 11 league championships but many feel this is the year Lakewood will break the streak.
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“We’re all very excited and I know I can’t wait to get out there,” Brown said. “We respect Poly but we also feel we should have beaten them last year and this year, our team is a lot better. We have everyone on defense back from last year but our offense is much better. It’s going to be a great game and I know we’ll be ready to go by game time.”
The Lancers have arguably the state’s top defense and have only given up more than seven points twice this year. They’re big and active up front, have not just one but two great linebackers (Adrian McCovey is also a major college prospect) and a fast aggressive secondary. Just last week, the Lancers held Compton to no first downs in the entire game.
On the recruiting front, Brown said he has barely given it much thought and just wants to focus on the rest of his senior season.
“USC and LSU are my two favorites only because I don’t know anywhere else,” Brown said. “I just don’t think about it much. I think I’ve only gone to one college game this year and that was the USC- Cal game. I have no idea where I’m going to take my visits and I’m really not concerned about it. I know I’ll visit SC and LSU and Oklahoma and Miami are two other schools I’m interested in but until I do some research and see what each school has to offer, I really won’t be able to know where the best place for me is.”