Nekos Brown paid a visit to Blacksburg on Saturday for Tech’s spring game, an experience that was no doubt exciting for the Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Maryland) standout who signed with the Hokies in February.
“I can’t wait to get out there on the field,” Brown said of getting to Virginia Tech. “I’m just ready to try and seize the opportunity. I know there’s a lot of competition there, but I’m going to just do my best to try and get some playing time.”
This off-season has been a busy one for Brown, who has worked hard on his athleticism as well as his academics. Physically, he’s been trying to improve his speed and strength. His current size – 6-3, 238 pounds – is certainly very solid.
“I run track and I’ve just been working out,” Brown said. “I’ve been working on getting more reps on the bench. I know my max will be all right, so I’ve just been working on the bench. I bench 225 pounds about 20 times right now. In track I run the 100 meters and me and brother run the 4X100. I also do the high jump and the discus.”
Brown has been excelling in the classroom recently and says he has attained the necessary qualification standards. He will enroll at Virginia Tech in late June.
“It was a relief to sign in February, but at the same time I knew I had to keep my grades up,” said Brown, who has already chosen to major in Business Management. “I’ve been doing that. I just got a 3.6 in the second quarter, so that was a big jump. My score and GPA are set right now…I just have to keep it up.”
Brown is excited and hopeful to get some playing time as a true freshman. He is being recruited by Virginia Tech to play the Mike linebacker position.
“Coach Foster told me I’m there physically,” Brown said. “The only thing that would make me red-shirt if I have to would be if I can’t comprehend the schemes or if I’m not mentally ready. Physically, he said I’m there.”
In his senior season, Brown primarily played the middle linebacker position after playing along the defensive line for virtually his entire junior season. In 2005 he played middle linebacker for the entire season except for the final two games, when he switched positions with his brother Wiley.
“Our season was good,” Brown said. “I got to play with my brother the whole season. I missed the first two games with a knee injury....
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