Leddie Brown (photo by Brian Dohn)

RB Leddie Brown holds SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten offers, but not many schools know him

Running back Leddie Brown remains a little known player, but he has some big-time offers.

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When Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian closed it doors in the summer, it dispersed its players throughout Maryland and Delaware.

One who slipped under the radar of most schools is a stellar running back who landed at Smyrna (Del.) High, but schools are starting to locate him.

Leddie Brown, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back, added an offer from Florida on Thursday, and Saturday he will be at Tennessee. He will visit Temple on Monday. MarylandWest VirginiaLouisvilleBoston College and Cincinnati also offered, and he is also speaking with Rutgers and trying to arrange a visit.


One of the reasons Brown is not heavily recruited is his location. Smyrna is located nearly an hour south of Wilmington, Del., does not produce many Division I players, and many college programs will not want to travel that far to see one player in the same amount of time it can see eight to 10 players at more densely populated places.

Brown's offers from West Virginia, Louisville and Maryland were long standing, but the one from the Gators came after former West Virginia assistant Ja'Juan Seider moved to Florida to be the running backs coach.

"He showed them my film and the other coaches liked it, and they decided to offer me," Brown said. "I don't know much about Florida. I just know they're a really good SEC team and they like to win."

Brown's relationship with Seider is strong.

"He's a real cool dude," Brown said. "He's really down to earth. He's not really a coach to me. He's more of a mentor. I could come to him and talk about anything."

Brown does not have a Tennessee offer, but he is excited to see the program ...and perhaps leave campus with an offer.

"I just wanted to meet the coaches and see if there was an offer for me or not," Brown said. "I want to meet the coaches and see how I vibe with them. I have talked to the running backs coach (Robert Gillespie). He's a real cool person. He said he really likes my film and he wants me to come down there."

Maryland and West Virginia each offered Brown long ago, and each continue to hold him in high regard. His main contact with the Terps is running backs coach Anthony Tucker.

"Maryland said they really like me and they want me to be a Terp," he said. "I really like their coaching staff, too. They treat me well every time I go there. I built a good relationship with them. Coach Tucker is real cool, a lot like coach Ja'Juan. He is really down to earth."

West Virginia had a strong connection with Brown because a pair of former players at Eastern Christian -- running back Wendell Smallwood and David Sills -- played there.

"I have a great relationship with West Virginia," Brown said. "Their whole coaching staff loves me. I really enjoy being around all the coaches and the players at West Virginia."

Rutgers coach Chris Ash spoke to Brown this week, and wanted him to visit Saturday for junior day. However, with a trip to Tennessee already planned, Brown is looking to visit later this month.

"Hopefully, I will get up to Rutgers and Boston College," Brown said. "(Rutgers) said they really like me and they want me to come and spend some time with them. It's a lot like Tennessee. I want to see what the vibe is like with them."

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