found the quarterback they were looking for in this year's class along the coast of Southern California in Ventura County. After receiving a visit at Rio Mesa High School from Rich Ellerson
and Payam Saadat, Kado Brown
gave his verbal pledge to the Army coaches. The 6-foot, 183-pound quarterback spoke with ArmySports.com on his commitment and his senior season, his first as a varsity player.
"In December I received a call from Coach Saadat," said Kado Brown. "Basically, he told me they were very interested and just offered me right there. I asked him at which position and he told me quarterback. That caught my attention because that's the position I love and has been my goal to play it in college. Coach Saadat said they liked my athleticism and look for guys who are shifty, with good speed coming out of the pocket."
Brown took his first trip to West Point the weekend of January the 11th. He said it took him awhile to get over the culture shock at first when he landed in New York.
"When I got off the plane," Brown said, "it was such a different environment than what I'm used to. There was snow on the ground and everybody was wearing scarves and beanies. Back home in California, we were wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts.
"Honestly, I loved everything about the visit. My favorite part though was probably the simulator option they have. Next was probably talking with the officers, coaches, and players. My host was Chris Carnegie
, who showed me around campus. I met some more of the coaches like Coach Thompson and Coach Shields. Coach Shields was telling me he thinks I'd do well in the triple option, but they plan on throwing it more in the years to come. He believes I can come in and help."
In the following two weeks after the visit, Brown was mulling over an offer from North Dakota and talking a lot with the coaches at Nevada
. That stopped when Coach Ellerson made a special visit to his high school.
"It was last Wednesday," Brown said on the visit. "Coach Ellerson and Coach Saadat were both there. We sat and talked for awhile. When Coach Ellerson asked me where I was with my decision, I told him that I felt pretty comfortable on my visit to West Point and that's where I wanted to go. They both seemed excited and happy. We were all smiling at each other.
"A big reason I committed to Army was Coach Saadat. He was cool and I appreciated the interest he took in me. When I was on campus and speaking with the teachers, I felt like I'd get the extra help if I needed it. The only way I wouldn't be successful there is if I'm not motivated. As a student-athlete, I feel like I am. The athletic part is all legit. The academic part is going to be hard but I'm down with it because I know I'll have help. With the military aspect, there were some guys on the visit who didn't seem too sure about it. I was a little hesitant myself but after taking with the lieutenants I'm definitely open to it. They were all fun, regular guys who reassured me I could do it."
Brown had to sit out his junior season after transferring in to Rio Mesa due to district rules. He only had one year to show his stuff, but me made the most of it passing for 1098 yards at a 60-percent completion rate and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown was named All-Pacific View League and All-Ventura County. He plans to spend his first year at USMAPS.
Army found the quarterback they were looking for in this year's class along the coast of Southern California in Ventura County. After receiving a visit at Rio Mesa High School from Rich Ellerson and Payam Saadat, Kado Brown gave his verbal pledge to Army. The 6-foot, 183-pound quarterback spoke with ArmySports.com on his commitment and his senior season, his first as a varsity player.