Battle Of 5-Star WRs A One Man Show

Big wide receiver DeAndre Brown talks about his showdown with Julio Jones in the Alabama-Mississippi game and also talks recruiting.

Ocean Springs, Miss.--The talk for much of the week in preparation for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic game in Mobile featured Foley wide receiver Julio Jones, but on Monday night it was Ocean Springs (Miss.) standout DeAndre Brown that stole the show on offense.

Catching two passes for 62 yards, including a 55-yard score, Brown easily won the head to head battle with Jones, who caught just one pass for nine yards. He says that it was important for him to play well because he knew comparisons would be made.

"This was basically my state championship game," Brown says. "With Julio on the other side of the ball he got all the hype all week long and that was nothing but motivation for me to show everybody that I can come out and play just as well as him."

Helping the Mississippi team to a 26-6 win, Brown adds that finally getting a win for his home state is something he and his teammates can be proud of accomplishing. "Coming out and beating Alabama feels good because Alabama has beaten us pretty bad the past few years. It's a big accomplishment for us and we'll remember and cherish it forever."

Brown races for a touchdown on Monday night.

Rated the nation's number three wide receiver by, the 6-6, 220-pounder had a good performance in the game and it capped a very good senior season at Ocean Springs. Brown says that despite a loss in the playoffs, the year went well for him.

"I had like 31 catches for 700 yards and 1,800 all-purpose yards with 15 touchdowns," Brown says. "We only lost two games. We went 10-2 and went out in the second round of playoffs. That kind of upset us because we wanted to go to the state championships."

Brown now turns his attention to the recruiting process as he will trip to San Antonio after Christmas to take part in the U. S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game before beginning to take visits. He says at the moment he's only got one official visit set, but several more teams are in the running.

"I have a visit set for Jan. 15 to Ole Miss," Brown says. "I'm currently talking to LSU, Florida, and Texas Tech to set up more dates."

Another team he's talking to is Auburn. On his list from day one, the Tigers got a visit from Brown for a summer camp and have been hanging around since that time. He notes that he's trying to set up a visit with Auburn, but so far the timing just hasn't worked out.

"They're still in the mix," Brown says. "They want me to come visit on the 11th, but we have to be flexible with it because I have so much stuff going on. It will probably be later on in the month."

Something that has changed with Auburn is the addition of new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. The architect of his own version of the spread offense, Franklin's fast-paced offense has racked up yards and points wherever it has been. Brown says that's something he'll have to consider when the time comes.

"In a way it helps them," Brown says. "I'm going to let them sit me and down and talk with me about how they're going to spread the ball out. Then I'll go from there."

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