Recruiting Central

Family connection helps Brown become MSU’s first early enrollee

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Charles Brown will follow his cousin to Montana State. Although a family connection led to his initial recruitment, Brown will be the first of his kind for the MSU football team.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver from Arlington, Texas is cousins with Jaden Smith, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound wide receiver who redshirted at Montana State last season. Smith first connected Brown with Montana State recruiting coordinator and running backs coach DeNarius McGhee.

Last off-season, McGhee, himself a native of Euless, Texas in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, recruited Smith from Kennedale High to Bozeman. McGhee used a similar recruiting pitch for Brown, an explosive play-maker who caught 16 touchdown passes his senior year.

“I was talking to a lot of schools but Jayden was the one who put me on with them,” Brown said. “Once other schools started offering, Montana State offered. I just liked the coaching staff. The coaches made me feel at home.”

What makes Brown the first of his kind is the fact that he is already a part of the Bobcat football team. He graduated high school shortly after signing his National Letter of intent with the Bobcats on December 22. He joined the Bobcat football team on January 15 as the team opened up the spring semester of classes as well as began winter conditioning.

Charles Brown will follow his cousin to Montana State.
Although a family connection led to his initial recruitment, Brown will be the
first of his kind for the MSU football team.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver from Arlington, Texas
is cousins with Jaden Smith, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound wide receiver who redshirted
at Montana State last season. Smith first connected Brown with Montana State
recruiting coordinator and running backs coach DeNarius McGhee.

Last off-season, McGhee, himself a native of Euless, Texas
in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, recruited Smith from Kennedale High
to Bozeman. McGhee used a similar recruiting pitch for Brown, an explosive
play-maker who caught 16 touchdown passes his senior year.

“I was talking to a lot of schools but Jayden was the one
who put me on with them,” Brown said. “Once other schools started offering, Montana
State offered. I just liked the coaching staff. The coaches made me feel at
home.”

What makes Brown the first of his kind is the fact that he
is already a part of the Bobcat football team. He graduated high school shortly
after signing his National Letter of intent with the Bobcats on December 22. He
joined the Bobcat football team on January 15 as the team opened up the spring
semester of classes as well as began winter conditioning.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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