Five-Star WR Wants to Get Better

When you are as gifted an athlete as receiver Marlon Brown (6-5, 205) is, there probably aren't too many tough times on the field. Every once in a while it happens and Brown says getting through that isn't the easiest for him. The five-star receiver will visit Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend for a big game and the two teams he will watch could make for a decision that isn't easy.

Hailing from Memphis (TN) Harding Academy, Brown is one of the most coveted players in the high school ranks. Tall and fast, he is athletic enough to play elite college football and basketball.

Brown has ten touchdowns in four games already this season and just had a nice 11 receptions, 185 yards and two touchdown performance in a loss last weekend. As good as Brown is, he knows he has some things he would like to get better at. It seems when times are tough, he may lose his composure a bit, but he understands he needs to just let it go.

"I have been looking at improving my toughness," he said. "Like when things aren't going right, I need to just forget about it and move on."

He understands that he needs to be a leader for his teammates and Brown lets them know when a mistake is made whether it comes from them or himself.

"I pretty much tell everyone when they are doing something wrong," he said. "I also point it out to them when I know I did something wrong."

At 6-5, it may seem strange to see him playing cornerback out on the field, but on defense, that is actually the position he prefers.

"I play safety and cornerback," he said about the time he does spend on defense. "I actually prefer cornerback, because I don't have to read as much as the safety. I have an amazing time playing corner, it's fun."

It may be fun, but he knows his bread and butter is his play at wide receiver. College coaches from around the country are recruiting him at receiver

"I talked to a coach from Ohio State and (Tennessee) Coach (Phil) Fulmer (on Tuesday)," Brown said. "Monday I talked to a coach from Missouri."

His conversation with Fulmer no doubt led him to the big game this weekend between rivals Tennessee and vising Florida. Brown plans on making the trip up to Knoxville for the contest but won't be wearing any shade of orange for the trip.

"I talked to Coach Fulmer about nothing in particular, except I plan on going to the game this weekend," he said. "Everyone will be there....To be honest, I really don't know what to expect. I expect to see a great game, that's about it. I am wearing neutral colors that is for sure."

Brown has narrowed his list of schools down to a final five. It is a who's who among big time college programs and all of them have made an impression. Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee will get a chance with the big time receiving target.

He had some to say about all of them.

LSU: "Last year they were a real good team. I started doing my research and saw how they have good quarterbacks and receivers all the time."

Georgia: "They are a young team and on the rise. I have had calls from Coach Richt and a couple of assistants there."

Ohio State: "They have a history of winning. I love winning.

"I watched the Ohio State and USC game. It kind of made an impression on me. However, they played a real good team and they played without their top running back and they had a lot of dumb penalties and stuff. I talked about that with the Ohio State coach."

Tennessee: "I think it's a great place to play football, I like their fans, and their history."

Depending on who you talk to, the Vols and Gators seem to be the favorites for Brown. One reason is that both basketball coaches at the respective schools are actively recruiting Brown for the hard court.

"Coach Donovan and Coach Pearl are recruiting me the hardest in basketball at Florida and Tennessee," he said.

The Gators really like Brown and are looking hard at a tall receiver to join their already strong 2009 recruiting class. Brown also knows Florida pretty well and likes what he sees. Head Coach urban Meyer has also made an impression on him.

"I have seen Florida this year," he said. "Their offense is a great one to play in if you are fast and a receiver or running back, it is the place to be. Coach Meyer is one of the coolest coaches I have ever talked to on the phone. He is down to earth and was a wide receivers coach before, and I really like that...(Wide Receivers) Coach Gonzales is funny, he just cracks me up all the time."

A future business major, Brown just wants to feel comfortable on his visit to whatever school he eventually chooses.

"I think if I go to a school on a visit and feel like I was wanted there as a player and a student, then I will probably go there," he said.

Don't look for him to have a decision made any time soon.

"I am taking two visits after the season is over and three during," he said. "I am taking Georgia, Ohio State, and Florida during the season. Tennessee and LSU will be after the season. I think I will have my decision made by February 1st or 2nd, right after my last visit."

For a prospect like Marlon Brown, it will be worth the wait.

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