Tico Brown
Herald Photo/Jenn Goad
Tico Brown Herald Photo/Jenn Goad

Former Kokomo resident Tico Brown signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Central Michigan University in the fall. 

Brown grew up in Kokomo but relocated to Allen County his freshman year and now attends Homestead High School. 

“(Central Michigan) really showed a lot of love early on when they were recruiting me,” Brown said. “It’s a great program, and I love the atmosphere of the team. Getting up there and seeing everybody, it really made it easy to make my choice.”

In his senior season, he was named First Team All-Summit Conference as a defensive tackle, averaged 6.0 tackles per game, and 2.5 sacks per game before the season was over. He netted 21.5 total sacks in his four-year career, inking his name in the history book as all-time sack leader.

He began his football career on the PAL Fields in Kokomo, learning to play and love the game of football. 

“I have always loved football. I’ve played it since I was a young kid,” said Brown. “It’s in my family. All my cousins played, and I looked up to them. I just love the sport. It started with PAL in Kokomo. All my friends, getting out there and playing every weekend. We were actually pretty good.”

Brown said moving on from PAL to middle school was a lot of the same play on the field, but he started taking it a more serious, trying to improve in the game he loved.

After the family relocated north, he played freshman ball for one season and then jumped to varsity where he played both sides of the ball. He filled roles as defensive end and finished his career as a nose tackle.

“I’m going to play defensive tackle at Central Michigan,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting better and helping my team get better and advance in the MAC (Mid-America Conference).”

Brown intends to study business and logistics.