Buford, Ga.--Expected to be one of the impact football freshmen for the Auburn Tigers in 2016, five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown was on campus on Saturday to watch his future team go through a scrimmage. Seeing fellow signees such as Marlon Davidson and Antwuan Jackson already in the mix, Brown noted that he is excited about the potential of the group he will be a part of this fall.
“The defense is very exciting,” Brown said. “The offense is still going through the rotation at quarterback and trying to figure out who is going to be the best fit for them. Defensively, it’s just electric. They are jumping around and screaming and making plays. It’s fun.”
While he spent plenty of time watching his classmates, Brown said his attention automatically went to the veterans on the defensive line. He said as a player getting ready to jump into fray in the SEC, getting to watch and learn from them is a huge plus as he prepares for college life.
“You’ve got to watch Montravius and Devaroe. Just those two are the guys I have been watching. You also have Carl Lawson.
“It’s a big difference because some of them actually got to play as freshmen,” he added of what having those guys on campus means to him. “They can teach me far greater than anything I could try to do myself. What they teach me is what’s going to get me over the top.”
That kind of teaching is what Davidson and Jackson are getting right now after both graduated early and enrolled in January. With the adjustment period always different for each individual, Brown noted that both guys are doing very well so far.
“I talked to Marlon and Antwuan and they said it’s a lot different,” Brown pointed out. “It’s more fast-paced type stuff and a different living environment, getting used to living away from home. It sounds like they are relaxed and settled in.”
Derrick Brown is shown at practice for the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Tex.
Perhaps the biggest adjustment for Brown will be getting used to the coaching of Rodney Garner when he arrives on campus. A demanding coach on the field, Garner wants the most out of his guys on and off the field and for Brown he said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“He’s just letting me know what to expect when I come in,” Brown said. “You definitely want to come in and be strong, especially seeing the offensive lineman are so big.
“The most important thing I need to do is forget about the five-star recruit stuff and go ahead and be Derrick Brown,” he added. “Just listen to what Coach Garner has to tell me and do what he says.”
Brown plans to report to Auburn on May 29th to begin a summer school session on the Plains and begin working out with the team.