Speedy Thomas Brown from Tucker High teamed up with quarterback D.T. McDowell to lead the Tigers to an impressive showing in the camp, losing only twice to eventual winner Mays High. Much of the reason for that was Brown.
Running past defender after defender while catching passes out of the backfield, the 5-10, 185-pounder with sub 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash was almost unstoppable in the touch football games. That was similar to his junior season when he rushed for more than 1,700 yards and scored 30 touchdowns. In addition to his duties at tailback, he also added four punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return for a score. Throw in 78 tackles and four interceptions on defense and you have one of the top all-around players in the region for the Class of 2004.
"I'm hearing from Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Maryland, Auburn, Alabama, LSU and a lot of others," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's still kind of wide open. I do have a list, but it changes every day. I would say Maryland, Georgia, Florida State, Auburn and Wake Forest are my top five right now."
Thomas Brown is difficult to stop with a football in his hands.
One thing that changed while he was on the Plains was his knowledge of the Auburn program. Spending time with the coaching staff in addition to several veteran players, Brown says going to camps gives him a better feel for what to expect out of a particular college.
"It makes me more interested in schools because I learn about them," Brown notes. "Before I came to the camp, Auburn was like sixth or seventh on my list. When I got to see the campus and met some of the coaches they moved up."
Helping lead Tucker to a 12-1 record last year and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs, Brown garnered most of the attention from opposing defenses. He hopes that's not the case this season with McDowell throwing the ball exceptionally well in the camp and showing the ability to make plays down the field.
"I think it was a great experience for our team," Brown says of the passing camp. "It helped us improve, especially on our passing game. That's one of the areas that we need to improve because people are always trying to stop the run by putting eight in the box. We need to work on the passing game to loosen that up so we can get the run going."
If that happens, expect Brown to put up really big numbers as he tries to lead his team towards a state championship. With talent, good character, and a solid work ethic, Brown has all the tools to make some team lucky when signing day rolls around next February. In the meantime he says he's just going to try to have fun with the recruiting process.
"It's been hectic," Brown adds. "I'm just trying to narrow down my decision this summer and narrow down to my five visits. Hopefully, I'll make my decision sometime after the season."