The Next Calvin Johnson?

When you are a wide receiver that is 6-6, 225-pounds with 4.41 speed, the comparisons are inevitable. Is DeAndre Brown the next Calvin Johnson?

DeAndre Brown, from Ocean Springs (Miss.) is one of, if not the biggest wide receiver prospect in the country. Five-star prospect Brown currently ranks as the fifth best wide receiver in the nation and is a huge target with great hands. He is extremely difficult to defend inside the 20, and creates mismatches wherever he lines up.

While most compare Brown to Calvin Johnson, they are stating the obvious. Brown, on the other hand wants to be the next DeAndre Brown.

"Calvin Johnson is a great wide receiver no doubt about it, but I am just trying to be the next DeAndre Brown," he said. "I think that people compare us because of our size and our body control. I think I have better body control than any other wide receiver in the nation. I can stop on a dime, change directions and have a great burst of speed."

With his size and speed, Brown knows that when he comes to the line of scrimmage he has a huge advantage on opposing defensive backs.

"I am so big and fast that the defenders know that they don't stand a chance," Brown. "I can almost sense the fear in their eyes at the line of scrimmage and that's half the battle."

"The last couple of weeks I have been tied up with school functions so I have not been able to get out and see a whole bunch of schools. So far, LSU, Florida, Tennessee and all the Southeastern Conference schools have been staying in touch with me on a regular basis. I plan to head out in July to check out Auburn, Florida and LSU."

"Coach Billy Gonzales is recruiting me to play for the University of Florida," Brown added. "He said that he wants me to be a guy that catches a 100 balls at Florida. He sees what I can do now and he wants to take the tools that I have and add onto them and make me a great wide receiver."

Brown has not yet been to Gainesville but is anxious about attending Friday Night Lights at the end of July.

"From what I heard it's a very beautiful campus and stadium," he said. "I want to get to Gainesville and see if I like it, which I am sure that I will. I want to see The Swamp and see how many people it holds and maybe one day I can play for the Gators."

Coach Billy Gonzales is recruiting Brown, but he has had a chance to talk to Coach Urban Meyer and stays in contact with Coach Chuck Heater as well.

"Coach Meyer was talking to me as a person," Brown said. "He wanted to know how I was doing and things like that. I like the family atmosphere that they have down there. This entire recruiting process with the Gators has been a bit of a shock to me. They like to get your family involved and that will be a major part of my decision. I want to go somewhere that I think I can compete for a National Championship."

Florida needs to make up ground on LSU, and if he does indeed make the trip to Friday Night Lights, that will go a long way in determining where the Gators stand. Right now, LSU is the team to beat.

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