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Oregon St. Adds A Running Back

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Oregon St. has received another commitment for the 2012 football recruiting class, with the addition of running back Chris Brown.

Brown, from San Joaquin Memorial High in Fresno, CA, is 5'11", and 200 lbs., and is rated a 3 star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Rivals sees Brown as the #21 RB prospect nationally.

"Oregon State is getting a complete person," Brown's high school coach Anthony Goston said. "Chris does well in the classroom, and he's humble. On the field he's wonderful. He's broken every rushing record we have."

Brown rushed for 1,884 yards and 21 touchdowns this fall for the Panthers, who went 8-4, and advanced to the semi-final round of the Central Region Division II playoffs, before being eliminated last Friday.

Here's a highlight video of him (It's from a couple of seasons ago!):

Here's another recent highlight play:

Brown also had offers from a number of other Pac-12 teams, including Arizona, Arizona St, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Washington St., as well as Colorado St., Fresno St., Missouri, Purdue, San Jose St., & UNLV.

The acquisition further crowds an already well-stocked position, though it is one that can require depth.

Oregon St. already has 5 running backs, and only senior to be Jordan Jenkins is nearing the end of his eligibility. Jovan Stevenson, a red-shirt sophomore has 2 years left, and both Malcolm Agnew played as true freshman this past year, so they have 3 years of eligibility plus a red-shirt season left. And Storm Woods, a back Oregon St. coach Mike Riley has said he interested in seeing compete for the job this spring, is a red-shirt freshman, with 4 years left.

Makes one wonder who might be a candidate to become a defensive back, and who might be the next back headed for career in special teams isolation.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com