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Desean Brown: “Wild Man” On Choctaw Defense

Desean Brown, Photo Credit: Kolby Rush at K1_Photography

As often as Choctaw senior defensive lineman Desean Brown scores touchdowns, you would think Yellowjacket coaches might consider adding a special goal line package for the 6-4, 245-pounder.

“I keep trying to tell them that,” said Brown with a laugh. “I need my own package!”

Brown found the endzone again last week, stripping the Ponca City quarterback of the ball and rumbling 25 yards for a score. It’s Brown’s fourth defensive touchdown of his high school career.

“I remember taking the ball from the quarterback,” recalled Brown. “I remember taking it out of his hands and I remember all of my teammates coming to congratulate me in the end zone.”

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“If he was on your fantasy team, you’d be racking up points every week because he’s always producing,” claimed Choctaw head coach Jake Corbin. “Desean is having a monster season like we expected. He has lived up to the hype. He’s very, very productive each week.”

In the Yellowjackets’ 36-0 win last week against Ponca City, Brown’s stat line included 10 tackles (four for loss), two sacks, and the forced fumble and return for a touchdown.

“He just keeps getting better and better,” stated Corbin. “In my opinion, he has to be in the conversation for being one of the top players in the state of Oklahoma.”

Desean Brown, Choctaw Yellowjackets
Desean Brown, Photo Credit: Kolby Rush at K1_Photography

Scouting services seem to agree. According to Prep Redzone Oklahoma, Brown is currently listed as the 10th-best player in Oklahoma for the Class of 2022 and the number two defensive lineman behind Owasso’s Chris McClellan.

Brown has racked up at least 17 college offers, including several from Power Five schools. He plans to make his college announcement on Senior Night on October 29th.

Brown has come a long way the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he was 180 pounds and playing junior varsity. After committing himself to fitness and nutrition, he’s packed on 65 pounds and is now nearly unblockable.

“It happened during COVID,” explained Brown. “I really got focused when a lot of other people weren’t. I was really, really disciplined. I was eating right and doing a lot of pushups. I ran every day, stuff like that.”

“To his credit, he bought in to the weight room under Coach (Kimes) Gilbert,” added Corbin. “He put on a bunch of muscle. He kept working out real hard. He’s always had a phenomenal motor that’s allowed him to be successful.”

Desean Brown, Photo Credit: Kolby Rush at K1_Photography

That unstoppable motor has earned Brown the nickname “Wild Man” from coaches and teammates.

“He only has one gear,” claimed Corbin. “He never takes plays off. He’s just always going. No moment is ever too big for him. He’s always playing loose and having fun.”

In Oklahoma’s most anticipated high school football game of the week, #2 Choctaw hosts top-ranked Bixby Friday night in a rematch of last year’s state title game. YurView will broadcast this Ford Game of the Week on Cox channel 3 and stream the event online.

Bixby has won 41 straight games, but the Yellowjackets have come the closest to snapping the streak, falling 17-14 to the Spartans in last year’s championship contest.

“I truly believe to knock off a team like Bixby, you’ve got to be extremely opportunistic,” stated Corbin. “They don’t give you very many chances, so you’ve got to take it. They’ve won that many games for a reason. They’ve been there and done that and we’re trying to get there.”