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08:22 AM ET 04.12 | Already, the recruiting season for 2014 players is underway. One of the names certain to be near the top is Tony Brown, a consensus five-star prospect out of Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas. The 6-foot, 185-pound standout received an offer from the Tigers after his freshman season and has been a regular visitor to LSU's campus ever since. ... Brown also doubles as one of the premier 110-meter hurdlers in the country. ... Brown may not have a timeframe on a decision, but he knows one factor that has to be in the equation. "I won't even consider a school that won't let me run track," said Brown, whose sister Bealoved recently signed a track scholarship with LSU.

The Times-Picayune

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April 12, 2013  08:38 AM ET

I always thought most schools let 'em participate in both. I can recall several that let 'em play football/basketball too. Several also have played football/baseball if memories serves me correctly.

April 12, 2013  08:43 AM ET

These days most High Schools frown on allowing players in more than one sport. With all the off-season prep and practicing...meh.

I wish we could go back to the old days of just playing ball and not worry so much about the winning.

Remember when we would get in a vacant lot and play baseball making up rules (right field was off limits since there weren't enough players, so any fly ball hit to Right was a foul?). Now when you see a bunch of kids playing, you can bet sooner or later some adult will come up and organize them into teams with specific rules and an umpire...

April 12, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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I always thought most schools let 'em participate in both. I can recall several that let 'em play football/basketball too. Several also have played football/baseball if memories serves me correctly.

UF let Demps (or Rainey too?) run track and had no issues with it.

April 12, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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These days most High Schools frown on allowing players in more than one sport. With all the off-season prep and practicing...meh.I wish we could go back to the old days of just playing ball and not worry so much about the winning.Remember when we would get in a vacant lot and play baseball making up rules (right field was off limits since there weren't enough players, so any fly ball hit to Right was a foul?). Now when you see a bunch of kids playing, you can bet sooner or later some adult will come up and organize them into teams with specific rules and an umpire...

Hell, I went to the district track meet here yesterday. Saw 6-8 kids from various schools that I had also seen at the baseball games the past couple of weeks! But, it is 3-A so that may not fly in bigger schools.

Saw Ryan Tannehill's lil bro run. No speed burner but not bad either.

April 12, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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UF let Demps (or Rainey too?) run track and had no issues with it.

...and the rusty cows let that guy that qualified for the Olympics play didn't they?

April 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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...and the rusty cows let that guy that qualified for the Olympics play didn't they?

But I think these are the exceptions rather than the rule. If a player is good they will probably let them play another sport.

And the coaches can't really say "No", but they can push really hard. It really gets intense when the two sports have conflicting practice schedules...

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April 12, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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Bama Lock

Not with sis at LSU

Displaced Katrina family?

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April 12, 2013  10:02 AM ET

My favorite part of this is his sister's name...Bealoved.

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April 12, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Now, if a school recruits him as a track athlete and let's him play football, well, that's one more football scholly available, idn't it?

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April 12, 2013  10:25 AM ET

so why do they post a picture of his sister running track?

April 12, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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Now, if a school recruits him as a track athlete and let's him play football, well, that's one more football scholly available, idn't it?

Nope. If it did Alabama would have a huge track team.

April 12, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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Nope. If it did Alabama would have a huge track team.

Well then, the smart coaches at the smart school will recruit him as a track athlete and encourage him to play football. Best angle to secure his commitment...

April 12, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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I always thought most schools let 'em participate in both. I can recall several that let 'em play football/basketball too. Several also have played football/baseball if memories serves me correctly.

Oregon has three fb players on the 4x100 team(DAT,Mathis,Kelley), and next year should have 3 fb players on the hoops team(Armstead,Robinson bros).

April 12, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Nope. If it did Alabama would have a huge track team.

And by "huge" I mean lots of discus and shot put bigs ...

April 12, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Xavier Carter was allowed to do both at LSU - not a great football player (I remember him kneeling on a kickoff return at the 1-yard line), but a phenomenal track star.

 
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