Trib HS Insider Q&A: Seneca Valley's Jordan Brown
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Seneca Valley senior Jordan Brown, the WPIAL's leading passer in 2011, comes from a family of college quarterbacks. That includes his father (Clark) who played at Michigan State in 1983, and brother (C.J.), who was Maryland's would-be starter until tearing an ACL in August. Brown (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) recently earned his first DI offer (from FCS Colgate), but the senior is focused on another long-sought goal: beating North Allegheny.
Q: Does coming from a quarterback family help?
A: I learned sitting at home and in the backyard throwing — my footsteps, my reads — and my dad gives me a lot of good advice on Friday nights before games. It's really a confidence booster. I'm glad to come from the family I do.
Q: Have you tried to boost your brother's spirits nowadays?
A: Yes, we're really close. We talk every day or every other day, depending on our schedules. He's hanging in there. He's a tough kid. I know if he waits it out, he'll have a healthy recovery and come back next year in the same position.
Q: What do you expect for your senior season?
A: Playoffs are a good goal, but I definitely feel we can go farther with the talent we have and the chemistry we formed over the summer. I feel like we've got one of the best teams out there, and some of the best athletes.
Q: Where does beating NA rank on your list of things to do before graduation?
A: It's always been one of my top goals. We're going to give it our all Friday night. We've kind of struggled with it the past three years, but I think this year could be the year. We're going to keep fighting and stay confident and humble.
Q: How did you react to your first Division I offer?
A: It was very exciting. I've been working my butt off this whole summer and basically my whole career since sophomore year. This tells me that hard work does pay off and good things are coming.
Q: Were you expecting the scholarship offer?
A: A coach from Colgate came last spring to watch me throw, and he liked me a lot. We've been in touch ever since on Facebook. I think Sept. 1 was the first day he could call me. He called around 9 p.m., gave me the low-down and asked how I was doing. Then he offered. It was a surprise. I had no idea. I was shocked.
Q: Will you commit quickly or just wait and see?
A: We'll see what comes my way, but right now I'm focused on my season.
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