Brothers Arthur and Bryce Brown were top recruits coming out of Wichita East High School, Arthur as a linebacker signing with Miami (Fla.) in 2008 and his brother going to Tennessee as a running back in 2009. Neither finished their careers with those schools, however, as they chose to complete them in the same place –- Manhattan, Kansas, to play for head coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State.
Arthur Brown struggled to crack the starting lineup in his two seasons in South Beach, finishing his Hurricane career getting in 23 contests (with no starts) and making just 17 tackles. When he moved back to his home state of Kansas, transferring to Kansas State he did MUCH better though.
After sitting out the 2010 season due to transfer rules, it didn't take long for Arthur to make an impact at Kansas State and became the Wildcats' most consistent force on the defensive side of the ball. Brown stepped up and became not only a team leader but also one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 if not the Nation. He had a stand-out junior campaign at middle linebacker in his first season with the Wildcats, totaling a team-best 101 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one interception. That interception was probably his biggest play of the year. Against Baylor, Brown intercepted Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III to set up the Wildcats’ game-winning field goal -– it was the only second-half interception RG3 threw all season.
His success continued into 2012, as Brown started every game at either inside or outside linebacker, amassing 100 total tackles, seven for loss, including one sack. He added four pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which came against West Virginia's Geno Smith, the Mountaineer's first of the season.
Brown is a fluid and explosive athlete with very good range to be effective against both the run and the pass. Brown top instincts allow him to sniff out the play and he is quick to react, rarely missing tackles when he's in the area. Some will question his size, he is considered undersized for the inside linebacker position with short arms and lacks the growth potential to get much bigger
, but Brown plays much bigger than his frame suggests due to strong hands (he does a nice job avoiding and fighting through blocks) and a physical attitude on contact.
Brown will need to answer some maturity concerns, but the brother of the Philadelphia Eagles' 2012 seventh-round draft pick, running back Bryce Brown, enters the 2012 season ranked as a top-75 draft pick for next April's draft.