OFFER WATCH '16: RB Jesse Brown

One of the better young backs in the state of Georgia finds himself being highly recruited as a junior, and Duke is among the schools chasing him.

“I’m being recruited as a running back in college, which is where I’ve played for the 2013 and 2014 seasons for my high school,” said Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood High standout Jesse Brown. “I’ve also played a little bit at cornerback in 2013.”

Measuring out at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Brown’s approach to the game begins with speed and mixes in agility and power. He’s got a 4.46 personal best forty time and has current weight room numbers that include maxes of 295 on the bench, 410 on squat, and 295 on the clean.

“I think my strength is a big asset for me, as is having a positive attitude. That can make all the difference in the world when you’re under pressure. It helps you stay focused to be successful. Of course, I believe I need to work on improving all of those things.”

Staying positive has been a bit of a challenge for Brown this season as Brookwood has experienced some growing pains with a young roster.

“I wish it were better, but we’re having a rough season and might not make the playoffs for the first time in 26 years. Individually I’m second or third on the leader board for rushing in Gwinnett County. The biggest game of the year was against Shiloh High. I had 187 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries. I was also able to block and return a field goal back 77 yards and I had an 18 yard touchdown reception as well.”

Despite the rough year, Brown’s clearly producing and that’s attracting a number of college programs. So what has been the catalyst for the individual success?

“I understand our offense better than I did a season ago. I need to continue to learn that and focus on improving myself and my role in the team. I am in no way perfect, and my whole game needs work. I need to be better rushing, better balancing, catching, vision, and reading defense. You can never stop improving on everything.”

Though it’s early in the process, Brown reports interest from schools in the ACC, Ivy League, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, and the AAC. He’s also gotten an invite to the US Army All-American Combine in between taking some unofficial visits to local programs.

As far as offers go, he has earned a FBS nod from North Carolina State, with more expected. Duke has been involved via letters and mailing, and the Blue Devils have indicated they will be following the Peach State prospect closely.

“I communicate with some schools, but the coaches cannot call me as a junior, so it’s up to me. I have taken some unofficial visits, and I want to do more.”

Brown admits his decision is a long way off, but he knows what’s important to him and who he’ll lean on for advice.

“Academics are critical to me when looking at a school. I want a school that has a high level of academics and high football. Once I find them, I will then look at my ability to relate to the coaches and to the general school. I want to be sure even if I can’t play football.”

“I’m going to lean on my parents and my brother and their opinions will weigh into my decision, but that’s a way off in the future.”

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