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Northwestern State Offers Texas High’s William Brown

Texas High DL William Brown. (Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Texas High defensive lineman William Brown picked up his fourth college football scholarship opportunity Tuesday.

Northwestern State is the newest team to go all in for the 6-foot-3, 259-pound defender and joins Texas State, Arkansas State and Central Arkansas in the chase, Brown confirmed to ETSN.fm.

Brown is fresh off a series of satellite camps and the 2014 ETSN.fm Combine at the Accelerated Performance Enhancement Center in Tyler.

The senior was a top performer in the combine’s bench press competition with 12 reps of 225 pounds, a tie with Gladewater’s Quanterius Turner among 14 defensive linemen invited to attend. He was near the top of the charts in the Keiser squat, a measurement of lower body explosiveness, and ran a respectable 4.99 40-yard dash time.

Texas High had one of East Texas’ top defenses in 2013, holding opponents to just 9.8 points per game during the regular season.

Northwestern State has been active in East Texas in recent months. The university has other standing offers out for John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister and Gilmer athlete Chase Tate.

John Tyler receiver Rodney Bendy and cornerback Isaac Warren also have offers from the Demons. Those two players are committed to North Texas and Sam Houston State, respectively.

Northwestern State, located in Natchitoches, La., plays in the Southland Conference against the likes of Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin and Incarnate Word.

The program is headed by second-year coach Jay Thomas. He took Nicholls State to the Division I-AA playoffs in 2005 as its head coach and went 6-6 in his first season with the Demons.

Thomas’ unit has a history of scheduling tough out-of-conference oppositions. Its 2014 slate features road games against Baylor and Louisiana Tech of the FBS.

Brown has until at least Feb. 4, 2015, to field offers and sign with a program.

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