At a National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman provided an update on the status of Buford running back Derrian Brown, who was hospitalized last week due to an undisclosed medical situation.
Out of respect for the family’s privacy, Herman didn’t provide any information about the cause of Brown’s medical situation, but he was able to share that Brown is improving.
“He still has a battery of tests to figure out exactly what his ailment is. It would probably be premature to assume anything,” Herman said. “The family does want everyone to know that he is getting better every day. He is moving all of his extremities. He is alert, they actually took the ventilator out just about an hour ago so he’s breathing on his own. Like I said, getting better every day.”
Later in the press conference, Herman said that playing football again “is certainly not off the table” for Brown.
A 5’11, 188-pounder, Brown signed with the Longhorns in December following a breakout senior season, his first as a full-time starter. A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 220 player nationally, the No. 12 running back, and the No. 23 player in Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Brown is the only running back in the 2019 Texas recruiting class.