5-Star Brown Sticking to Football

Although Marlon Brown and his Memphis (TN) Harding Academy teammates didn't finish the season in the win column. Brown left a legacy in Tennessee football as one of the all-time greats in the high school ranks. Brown is also a big time basketball player, but lately has come to the realization that football is his bread and butter and he will make a college choice based on that sport.

There was a lot of thought in recruiting circles about Marlon Brown and his want to play both college football and basketball. Apparently, that thought has changed in Brown's mind and he is looking at foot ball only for his future. That shouldn't be too much of a shock after a season in which he scored more than 20 touchdowns both running and catching the football.

Brown recently finished his football season when his Harding Academy team fell two points short in the state championships and finished 9-3 on the season. Brown had a great game doing everything he could to help his team win, but the 199 yards receiving, 139 yards rushing, and four touchdowns was not enough to put them over the top.

However, it are these kind of games that have college coaches all over Brown and why he has recently decided to make football his priority.

"Right now I don't know if I am playing basketball in college," Brown said earlier this week. "It has changed,. I know I am going to have school and trying to juggle that and football and school is going to be a lot. Football is definitely my sport."

Brown lines up at receiver, running back, quarterback, and even plays defensive back for harding. On Monday he will start the high school basketball season. All of this action and the recruiting has taken a toll on Brown and even his grandmother, who Brown lives with. Grandma is getting weary of the process, but according to Brown, she will be a big part of the final decision he makes.

"I believe all the calls and emails are getting to her," Brown said. "If she says that she likes a school, then I am going to like that school too."

Right now there are five schools that make up Brown's list of possibilities. "Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, and LSU" are all waiting in line to get Brown to sign the dotted line. He had a bit to say about each program.

LSU: "I think highly of them. It's in the SEC, so that's a big plus. They have a young team, so their struggles don't bother me."

Ohio State: "They have a good head coach. Jim Tressel is by far one of the coolest laid back dudes I have talked to in my life. I talk to him every week. He's cool about everything, up-front and honest about everything. They have an amazing offensive line right now and they have an amazing guy back there at quarterback (Terrell Pryor)."

Georgia: "They have a young team too. Coach Eason is recruiting me there. I know their offense is amazing with A.J. Green and Mohamed Massaquoi, and Stafford back there throwing the ball."

Tennessee: "I have no idea about them right now. To be honest I am a Tennessee fan and probably will always be. I am from Memphis so.... I will visit them last."

The Florida Gators are definitely in the mix and Brown seems to be the tall receiver the Gators are most interested in. Brown says there is a lot to like about the Gators.

"Florida has the best offense in every way," he said. "In every game they have scored a bunch of touchdowns.

"I talk to (wide receiver) Coach (Billy) Gonzales, he is cool and laid back. They say I am 6-5 guy and they tell me that I would be a big target in the red-zone and a big target running slants in the offense."

Brown says there are two things that are important in the selection process for his school of choice. They first have to pass the "grandmother" test. The second, he has to have a great relationship with the head coach.

Brown plans on taking his official visit to Tennessee the last weekend of the recruiting process, so his recruitment will likely go down to the wire. Whatever happens, there will likely be a few big time programs with a spot open for a tremendous big receiver in the last week of the process.


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