2011 Linebacker One To Watch

Speedy linebacker prospect Damien Brown will be a player to watch this fall.

Atmore, Ala.--Trying to find a position on the next level is sometimes the biggest challenge for productive but undersized football players. A player who fits that description is talented linebacker Damien Brown from Escambia County High.

At 6-0, 190 with a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds, Brown has the ability to play sideline to sideline and that has allowed him to become a defensive stopper since he began starting as a sophomore.

With 95 tackles, 62 of which were of the solo variety, six sacks, and one interception last season as a junior, Brown put himself on the map with college coaches and is hearing from several top schools at the moment.

"Right now I'm hearing from Auburn, Southern Miss, Troy and Duke," Brown tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I don't have any offers yet though."

A visitor to Auburn for a pair of games this past season, Brown says that there is plenty to like about Gene Chizik's program at the moment as far as he's concerned.

"I like everything about Auburn," Brown says. "I like the school. I like how everything is set up there with the fields. They are real organized. I loved the game atmosphere. The fans were always behind the team. That's big."

Not the biggest linebacker, Brown uses his speed to make plays, but notes that it's not just his physical abilities that allow him to get the job done.

"I would say I do a good job of thinking on my feet," Brown says. "I'm always thinking ahead of the play to see what the next move is going to be on offense. I always play downhill."

Brown says he plans to camp at Auburn and also Duke this summer and hopes to turn the interests into offers before his senior year begins.


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