The Arizona Wildcats have two players committed from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana in Shun Brown and Orlando Bradford.
I talked to Calvary's assistant secondary coach Chance Hester about both guys. Here are some of his takes on Shun Brown, who is being recruited as a wide receiver by the Arizona coaching staff, but played corner in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game. Maybe the next Cam Denson? You can also see his insight into running back Orlando Bradford.
In your opinion, was Shun Brown more effective as a wide receiver or as a cornerback this season?
Hester: Shun didn't play much corner this year. We have two SEC-offered corners so Shun could solely focus on WR. He was the starting CB his freshman year but we had a hole at WR that only he could fill. He played some CB the past few seasons in critical spots. In our semifinal last year the team we played had an elite WR so we started Shun both ways. He's just that kind of player. In 2014, he set the school record with 23 TD catches. He was the state, city, and district offensive player of the year. So I'd say this year he was more effective at WR in 2014.
Arizona loses a ton of pieces in the secondary after this season. Do you think he'll be able to adjust to the college game and be in contention for playing time in the fall as a true freshman?
Hester: I completely believe he can. Shun is a one of a kind talent. At the SemperFi All-American game he was named by the coaches as the best DB in practice and had a lock down game with an interception as well.
I think he can step right in and contribute in the secondary and the return game also. Shun is electric as a punt returner and kick returner also.
What's his best attribute as a receiver and what's his best attribute as a corner?
Hester: Shun's best attribute at WR is his breakaway speed. His ability to flip on a second gear and blow past a defender is second to none. His best attribute at corner would have to be his ball skills and his versatility. There isn't a ball in the air that Shun can't go get. You'll pretty much never see him get beat on a route. He can play any position in the secondary. His speed, versatility, and ball skills make him dangerous on both sides of the ball.
Has he played any safety, and do you think that would be a realistic option as well?
Hester: Shun has played Corner, Strong Safety, Weak Safety, and Free for us and has been excellent at both. We referred to him as our "Ace in the hole", we could throw him in at any DB spot and play any coverage and we were good to go. I fully believe he could play safety at the next level. He is a sure tackler and can play any coverage.
Also, thanks to Coach Hester, here are some Shun Brown highlight videos.