Ocean Springs, Miss.--One of the country's top receivers got off to a strong start in his senior season last week as he's out to prove why he's among the nation's best prospects. Although the numbers don't count as they were put up in a jamboree game, big DeAndre Brown gave a glimpse of his skills last week.
"We had a jamboree last Friday," Brown tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We won both games 21-0. I had six catches and three touchdowns. I'm not sure how many yards I had. We played a half against each team."
At 6-6 ½, 223 pounds and very good speed, Brown was a top performer at several summer camps including one at Auburn. Compared to All-American and Top Five draft choice Calvin Johnson because of his ability to make plays and his size, Brown says that he feels like he's improved his game a great deal since last season and it's already showing on the field.
"I feel like I'm better," Brown says. "I feel like I'm a lot more elusive and quicker off the jams to get into running routes."
Brown is a very big target that has soft hands.
Always a physical player because of his overwhelming size, Brown says that he wanted to work on several aspects of his game coming into his senior year and feels like he's helped his game because of it.
"I was pretty good on my routes heading into the summer because of all the camps I went to," Brown says. "They taught me how to drop my weight (getting lower in his route) so I could come out of my cuts quicker."
A five-star player and the ranked as the nation's number three receiver overall by Scout.com, Brown has schools from all over the country trying to land his services but he says he's still firmly committed to playing his football somewhere in the South.
"Things are going good," Brown says of his recruiting. "It's going pretty slow right now because the season is starting up. I think everything will pick up pretty soon. I'm still looking at all of the same schools, Florida, LSU, of course Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, most of the SEC schools. I spoke to Coach Dunn (Don Dunn) from Auburn last week. I called his office while I was at school."
Brown says he has yet to set up any of his official visits but has plans to take in both the LSU-Virginia Tech game as well as the Florida-Tennessee game early this year and is looking at several more games for possible unofficial visits. Brown says he's in no rush to make a decision and is playing everything by ear at the moment. He opens his senior year this Friday night against St. Martin.