Blue Chip Chat with Corey Brown

Catching up with the area's top high school football players

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School: Gateway

Position: WR-DB

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

The skinny: A big-play receiver who also is a talented defensive back. Brown is one of the primary reasons Gateway is one of the top Class AAAA teams in the state this season. He caught 20 passes for 470 yards last season and had 34 tackles with four interceptions.

College talk: Had numerous Division I college offers, but made verbal commitment to Ohio State June 23. Pitt was his other top choice. He is one of two Ohio State recruits for Gateway. The other is linebacker Dorian Bell. Brown was recruited to play cornerback.

Why is gateway producing so many division I college players in recent years? It's [Gateway coach] Terry Smith. He's a great coach. If you just listen to him, he'll get you to the best spot.

What makes him a good coach? He pushes you to the fullest extent, but he also teaches you everything you need to know about your position.

Should gateway or penn hills be ranked no. 1 in WPIAL Class AAAA? The Gateway Gators. We have a lot of boys back from last year.

What's better, a touchdown catch, or an interception return for a touchdown? Probably the interception because I've never had one of those in my career.

What's the worst part of preseason? Going into the second practice of the day when all your stuff is wet from sweat in the first practice.

Where did you go on your first date? I was, like, 14. It was a movie, something about the boogie man.

People might be surprised to know that you ... Like driving golf balls.

Mike White can be reached at or 412-263-1975.


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