ISU recruit Fabian Brown to go to Iowa Central

Chris Conetzkey

Fabian Brown’s win with the South All-Star Squad in Saturday’s Iowa Shrine Bowl may be the last time he plays football at Jack Trice Stadium for awhile.

Brown had signed with Iowa State this past winter, but has since decided to go to Iowa Central Community College. Brown, a linebacker at Des Moines Roosevelt high school, was a three-star recruit on, and the 29th-best strong side linebacker in the nation, according to He said his grades were the reason for the change.

“Because of my grades and my GPA, I didn’t meet the requirements to pass the [NCAA] Clearinghouse,” Brown said.

According to, the NCAA Clearinghouse, is “an organization that works with the NCAA to determine a student’s eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college.”

In order to play NCAA sports, high school students must meet the requirements of the clearinghouse. The requirements center around taking proper high school classes, and achieving an adequate combination of GPA and ACT or SAT scores.

Brown was recruited and offered a scholarship by former ISU football coach Dan McCarney, but still decided to stay at Iowa State when new coach Gene Chizik took the reigns. Brown said the new coaching staff liked his tape and wanted him to stay. His grades, however, posed a problem, and the new staff helped him to a decision.

“Me and the Iowa State staff were discussing what would be better for me and they said I should go to a community college,” Brown said. “I picked Iowa Central because of the coaches and other previous times they worked with kids.”

He said he plans to work on his academics at Iowa Central while playing football in order to get back to Iowa State in two years. Iowa Central is a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association, which has had 60 players offered Division I or I-AA scholarships in the past nine years, according to its Web site.