2016 running back attends ECU's prospect camp
Just a week ago, Lawrence Brown from Southside High School (Chocowinity, NC) attended ECU’s day long prospect camp, where rising junior and senior recruits from all over came to improve their game and showcase their talents with ECU’s coaching staff. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound running back was encouraged by coach Ruffin McNeill’s enthusiasm, saying that it kept everyone going on a hot summer day in Greenville. While Brown had a few minutes speaking with the head coach, he spent more time with ECU’s running back coach, Kirk Doll. “I talked with the running back coach (Doll) a lot in the drills and he gave me some good pointers throughout the day,” Brown said. While this was Brown’s first football visit to ECU, he has been busy this summer attending other combines and camps. Brown started off the summer by attending the Regional Blue-Grey All-American combine in Greensboro and after a first place finish in broad jump (9-foot-9) and an honorable mention in the 40 meter dash (4.47) Brown was then invited to the next level at the super combine in Washington D.C. The running back has yet to receive an official offer, but has interest in ECU, North Carolina Central, Coastal Carolina, UNC Charlotte, Citadel, Old Dominion and UNC Chapel Hill. Brown will be patient in the meantime and enjoy the process which he believes will land him a scholarship. “It’s fun more than anything, it’s an awesome opportunity to get a chance to meet a lot of coaches and maybe impress them and hopefully in the long run it will help them contact me for a scholarship.” Brown who rushed for over 1,000 yards and had a total of 18 touchdowns in just 11 games last season, believes that his skill set can allow him to play at the next level. “I’m smart when I’m running the ball I can see the next guy and where they are going to be so I can make a move, I don’t give up I always try to fight to insure a win for my team,” Brown said. There’s more than just his natural athletic ability that the four sport athlete brings to the field. While being a main part of the offense, Brown offers leadership on and off the field. “I lead by example, I think if they see me fighting for that extra yard to get the first down it gives them an extra push to keep fighting too,” Brown explained. “I also lead verbally, whenever I am on the sideline I always try to keep it up, I’m always congratulating my teammates and making them feel better.” The rising senior is starting to see schools become more interested in him and with just a final year of high school left he has begun to narrow in on factors that will help him decided which school to choose. Brown noted that the school he chooses would have to feel like a good fit, also the run game would have to be a big part of the offensive system and the school must have his major off physical therapy. While brown recognizes that attending a smaller high school can often times make coaches overlook him, he feels like his game on the field speaks for itself and it only helps motivate himself more. “It helps my mental state, knowing that I have to work a little harder than the next guy and I’ve always been taught that hard works pays off so it just helps me focus even more on my game,” Brown began to explain. “I push harder, I try not to take days off, whenever I get told to take a day off I feel like I’m going to get behind.” Brown not only excels on the football field, the four sport star had the highest batting average on the varsity baseball team, won a track and field state championship in the 4x200 relay, and is in the top 5 of his class academically with a 4.0 GPA. Speed will not be a problem for Brown but another reason why the unrated running back can be overlooked is his of height. “A lot of people come to me and say that I’m too short to be a running back and I just tell them well I am too short to be a wide receiver, I feel like height isn’t really a factor, if I’m strong and can stiff arm someone of the line and get yards what’s the point of being 6-foot” Brown said. Brown will be attending more camps this summer and improving his game throughout the next year, looking for scholarship offers to come in and even though none have yet, Brown’s main goal remains to receive scholarships and play football in college. “Coming from a small community not that many people make it to college, let alone on a scholarship, I feel like I would be making everyone proud and I would also be helping myself out getting a scholarship to go to school, and I would also be adding another four years of football,” Brown said.
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