Marlon Brown may possibly be the top player in Tennessee for the 2009 class. The star wide-out is one of the best receivers in the country. Brown had 41 receptions for 861 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season, and added 58 carries for 629 yards and 10 more scores. The stellar junior campaign has turned into Marlon being one of the most coveted prospects across the nation. Right now he says he has 12 offers, and the list of those contacting him is from the best of the best. "Recruiting's been going pretty good. I have 12 offers right now from Miami, Florida, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Stanford and Clemson. I've been getting a lot of interest from schools like FSU, USC, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, LSU and a lot of others," said Brown.
Coming from Tennessee, many people may think that he is a lock to stay in state. But Marlon says that is not the case. He said, "I had no favorite growing up. With Tennessee, I like Tennessee, but I am going to go to the best fit for me as a player."
Even though FSU hasn't offered, they are a school that Brown is considering. "I am considering going there. It's a nice stadium and they have a great staff in place. I've been to FSU for a summer basketball trip when I was a freshman in high school. It's been a while. With Coach Fisher you see what he did at LSU with the play calling and all. I just need to get in contact with them and visit there. FSU has a great tradition and I want to see the whole picture there," said Brown.
As a possible candidate for the top receiver for the 2009 class, Brown doesn't have many things that he needs to work on at this point. He does feel his game is not complete, and that he must continue to get better. He said, "I stand out because I am shifty and can run with my size. I am almost 6'6" and weigh 205 pounds. I need to continue to work on my speed and my strength."
Marlon also excels on the hardwood, and playing basketball is something that he plans on doing in college. "I may play both in college," said Brown. "I've been talking to a lot of schools like FSU, Florida, USC, Kentucky and many others about it and they said it was okay. So we will see."
Fans shouldn't look for a decision from Marlon for some time. He told NoleDigest that he intends on going through the whole process, taking all 5 visits. He said, "I'm open at this time and I am going to go through the process. I'm going to take all 5 visits. I may take some visits to see what's going on at some of these schools over the summer. I'm going to go to camps, but I haven't decided which ones those will be."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Brown and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.