LITTLE ROCK - Of the 616 kids on hand Sunday night at War Memorial Stadium for the All-Arkansas Camp, only one has a Razorback offer to this point and he showed what all the fuss was about.
Ashdown safety Montaric Brown (6-1, 180, 4.5) - recently named the state’s top player by Hawgs Illustrated - showed well in individual drills and while going up against the camp’s top wide receivers.
It has been a meteoric rise for a young man who was a virtual unknown inside his own state earlier this year to someone who has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and others.
“It shocked everybody in Ashdown,” Brown said of his sudden fame. “I came from nothing and I worked hard and it paid off. It was crazy how I blew up in a few weeks.
“…I just keep my head straight and humble. I just work hard every day.”
Brown, who showed up to the event sporting a Razorback visor, considered committing to Arkansas on Sunday night.
But in the end he decided to stay true to his earlier statement of making his commit known publicly on his birthday August 24.
“I was thinking about changing it, but I am just going to stick with it, ” Brown said. “I’m not going to rush it and I just want to commit on my birthday and I am going to stick with it.”
Brown, who had 120 tackles and four interceptions (three of which he took back for touchdowns) last season, has made it clear the Razorbacks are his leader in the clubhouse.
“I have got a great relationship with all of the Arkansas coaches,” Brown said. “They hit me up on twitter. They send me mail. They talk to my family.
“It is awesome and I love it.”
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, Razorback defensive coordinator Robb Smith and secondary coach Paul Rhodes all paid plenty of attention Sunday night to Brown, whose top seven schools are the ones listed above.
Rhodes jumped in and helped out on a few drills at the camp, which was hosted by Arkansas State.
“He was cool,” Brown said. “I love the way he coached. I liked it. Coach Smith and Coach Rhodes, they followed me everywhere. They corrected me on my mistakes. It was great to see them around me and they showed me stuff.”
Brown, who visited Alabama earlier this year, will visit Baylor next weekend with his teammate and 2018 cornerback prospect LaDarius Bishop, who has offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State.
“I have a few more camps this summer - Arkansas soon," Brown said, "and I plan on going to Baylor next week actually with my family and LaDarius Bishop.”
Montaric Brown, Bret Bielema