Sometimes you have can't miss prospects that light up the charts and do nothing to change that once they arrive on a college campus. Other times those can't miss players do exactly that when they make the step up.
For Patrick Brown the chance to show what he can do is what he's fighting for right now. Hearing from some smaller schools around the South, the 6-3, 190-pound signal caller says that he hasn't really decided on any schools to visit officially at the moment but hopes to get the call to the Plains before the process is done.
"I have narrowed anything down yet," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm taking all the schools that are looking at me in and I'll decide from there. I'm supposed to get all my visits set this week, but I haven't been hearing from some of the schools and some of them I have. The biggest school is Auburn right now and the rest are like Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee State, Murray State and Samford."
Self-described as a life-long Auburn fan, Brown threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior as Lassiter High School struggled to a 5-5 record. Averaging nearly 28 points per game, the team couldn't overcome a young defense that allowed the most points in the region. In his first year as a starter Brown threw for 1,550 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. A standout pitcher on the baseball diamond until his junior season, Brown says he gave up the game to concentrate on his football career.
A visitor to what he describes as "a bunch" of Auburn games as well as one Tennessee-Chattanooga game and a Central Florida game, Brown says that he didn't really need to see Auburn very much this fall to know what they have to offer.
"Auburn has been in my family my whole life," he notes. "My dad graduated from there, my brother graduated from there, my mom went there, I've been down there ever since I was three years old every Saturday for football games."
Waiting on an offer from the Tigers, Brown says that the thing he does the best is "read defenses and take what they give us on offense". A visitor to Auburn over the summer for the Senior Camp that attracted top prospects from around the Southeast, Brown had a chance to show the coaching staff what he can do. Now he just hopes that was good enough.
Tiger Ticket Extra: While Brown is on the radar for the Tigers, they have put much of their emphasis on lefty Brandon Cox from Hewitt-Trussville High in Birmingham. Named Alabama's Mr. Football following a standout senior season, Cox is considering Auburn along with Florida and LSU, although it appears to be a two-team race between the Tigers and Gators. North Carolina State is a darkhorse.