Junior Day: Local DE Is A Top Priority in 05

When the Duke coaching staff hosted some of the region's top juniors over the weekend, they had a number of prospects that already have a Duke offer in hand. One of these is a local defensive end who is already becoming a big time target with many major programs. However the Blue Devils have the early jump at this point.

Wilson Beddingfield defensive end Everette Brown isn't going to fly under the radar for too long. The 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive lineman has already been receiving interest from a number of programs including North Carolina, NC State, Texas A&M, Clemson, Nebraska, and Michigan.

Despite the heavy interest from the traditional powers, it was Duke who swooped in early and made the biggest impression when head coach Ted Roof extended Brown a scholarship offer in the first week of February.

"They are really stressing the academic advantages of attending Duke. I think that's going to be a big point of emphasis with them."

The early Duke offer comes on the heels of a junior campaign which saw Brown log 110 tackles, and eight sacks from his weakside defensive end position. When he flip flopped to the offensive side, Brown was equally as effective, pulling in 24 catches for over 400 yards.

According to scouting reports Brown's frame will probably be able to add another 10-15 pounds before his senior campaign arrives. However he doesn't want to lose any of his speed – running a 4.7 forty.

According to Beddingfield head coach Tom Nelson, it's easy to see why the Blue Devils have identified Brown as one of the top three or four prospects in the class of 2005 overall.

"Everete is able to play on either side of the ball," said Nelson. "We played him as a defensive end his first two years, and at inside linebacker in our 4-4 because teams would run away from him."

When TheInsiders.com sent recruiting analysts to review Brown's highlight tapes, they agreed with Nelson's take on his talented junior; filing the following report:

Brown is great in pursuit at the high school level, and that could really become an asset at the next level. Great hands on interceptions and offense leave the option very much available to play tight end.

In the weight room Brown has a bench press of 315 and a squat max of 480 pounds. In the classroom he carries a 3.4 grade point average.

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