Name: Marquan Brown
Hometown: Hope Mills, North Carolina
High School: Gray's Creek
NOTES: East Carolina landed the most explosive player in the state when Hope Mills (NC) Gray's Creek star Marquan Brown verbaled to the Pirates. Statistically, you may not find a more productive rising senior.
He rushed for 1,510 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 119 carries (12.7 yards per carry). He added 20 receptions for 631 yards five more scores, averaging an astounding 31.6 yards per catch. Brown also made his mark defensively, as he tallied seven interceptions.
Brown stole the show at the Rockingham Shrine Bowl Combine. Measuring it at just under 5'7 (barefoot) and 148 pounds, Brown isn't the biggest of players but his combination of strength, speed, and agility is nearly unmatched.
Brown completed 13 reps of 185 pounds on the bench, and he also ripped off a 34.2-inch vertical and a blistering 3.98 pro shuttle. He caught the attention of everyone when, on his first run in the 40-yard dash, Brown ran a 4.19 and a 4.17 on the official watches, with others having him at 4.11 and 4.21. Officially, his time was recorded at 4.19 and he was instructed to run his final attempt with all six watches timing him.
On his final run, Brown's time was officially recorded at 4.23, with four of the watches having him below 4.25.
"I thought I'd do good in the 40, but I didn't expect the bench reps," said Brown. "I haven't been in the weightroom at all because of track. I've done way more reps before, but I haven't been lifting."
East Carolina assistant Junior Smith played a major role in Brown's decision.
"Coach Junior Smith, I like him a lot," said Brown. "He's just like me in that he was small, and he played running back also. I can relate to him a lot. I feel real comfortable around him because he knows where I come from."
Some may knock Brown because of his size, but he is one of the state's elite players. A few years back, Scout.com recruiting analyst Miller Safrit stated that Jawarski Pollack wasn't too small to play in the ACC, and that he would be a very good player.
Pollack, who was listed at 5-foot-7 throughout his career, did more than that. He finished his career as North Carolina's all-time receptions leader. Brown, according to Safrit, is much more explosive than Pollack was as a high schooler.
Brown has some work to do in the classroom, but he is the type of player that can impact in a variety of ways. He is a big-time pickup for the Pirates.
BROWN QUOTE: "We had a really good season last year. We went 9-3, and we had a good running game. I had about 1,600 yards rushing, and I think I showed my strengths. I can really run the ball, catch the ball, and I have good field awareness." -- Marquan Brown
COACH QUOTE: "I think he's the best junior in the state. That's my opinion, but I don't think there is anyone like him. We just get the ball in his hands, and he can make a lot of plays. When you watch his highlight tape, you see what I'm talking about.
"Marquan has great speed and outstanding hands. He plays running back for us, but I think he's going to be a flanker in college. He can make plays in the open field and his hands are very, very good." -- Gray's Creek Head Coach David Lovette
SCOUTING REPORT #1: "Marquan Brown from Gray's Creek High School is 5-8, 165 pounds and that's about the only negative you can mention when watching him in action. No matter where he lines up on the field, Brown pulls off one amazing play after another. At running back Brown shows tremendous acceleration, balance and elusiveness. He sets defenders up with a dip of the shoulder and then jets around them to the outside. When Brown sees a hole up the middle, he explodes through it in the blink of an eye.
"No matter where he lines
up on the field,
Brown pulls off one amazing
play after another."
"Brown is equally impressive at cornerback. Because of his athleticism and hand-eye coordination, he's able to time his jumps perfectly to snag interceptions and once the ball's in his hands, he's almost impossible to catch. Despite his lack of size, Brown shows that he isn't afraid of contact and routinely takes on players much larger than himself.
"Brown could ultimately project at a number of positions but slot receiver would appear to be a likely destination. Operating with the ball in space is when Brown appears to be his most dangerous." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
SCOUTING REPORT #2: "Marquan Brown is one of the top high school players in the state of North Carolina for the upcoming year. He has a good blend of acceleration, vision, and balance from his running back position. He runs surprising well in the middle and bounces outside at the second level with good pad level in the hole. Brown stops on a dime and gets back up to speed quickly, though he may do it a little too much in the middle of the line.
"He would be a guy to offer once you see him in person to determine how much more weight he can put on his body because he is not much more than a 15 carry back in college at 150 pounds. Brown is a solid change-of-pace player even without amazing top-end speed. He hits the corner very well, able to outrun some players with angles, and has great overall instincts for the game. I would grade him right around the top ten players in the state." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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