Brown has had a productive spring

The Southeast Region is loaded with blue-chip receivers for the 2008 class and one of the very best of the bunch is Ocean Springs (Miss.) standout DeAndre Brown.

DeAndre Brown (6-6, 220, 4.5) is as physical as they come at the wide receiver position whether it be using that size to outman defensive backs when the ball is thrown his way or helping his team's running game with his downfield blocking.

As a junior, Brown caught only 21 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns because defenses were well aware of the threat he posed after he snagged 39 passes for 700 yards and seven touchdowns a sophomore.

Spring practice started two weeks ago for Brown and Ocean Springs and they will wrap things up this Friday with the spring game against D'Iberville.


According to the 4-star wide out, spring drills have been very beneficial for him and his team and it has also given him hope that more balls will come his way during his senior campaign.


"It's been going real well," he said. "I hit the weight room real hard and got a lot bigger, faster and stronger. I really worked on my downfield blocking like holding my blocks. This year I think we're going to throw the ball a lot more so I think that's going to be a big plus for me."



Several college coaches have been through the doors at Ocean Springs this spring and Brown expects several more by the end of the week.


"Last week, I had coach (Josh) Henson from LSU and coach Urban Meyer (Florida). Coach Tuberville was at school yesterday and coach (Greg) Knox from Auburn also came by last week. Coach Joker Phillips from Kentucky also came to see me. I think there are going to be a few at the game on Friday but I'm not sure who."


There is no denying that Brown is a hot commodity and he said that he estimates that he has picked up over 15 offers.


He has always stayed even keel throughout the early going of the recruiting process and said he is staying open but when asked if there were any schools he was keeping a little closer of an eye on over the others, he replied, "I'd have to say they would be LSU, Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina."


What is it that warrants the little extra focus?


LSU—"I have a teammate Richard Dickson that came from my high school and I've been with him through that whole process. I kind of examined how they recruited him and then after that they started recruiting me. Coach Henson and coach Miles have stayed in close touch and I have a real good relationship with them. When I'm at LSU I feel like I'm at home and that's big for me."


Florida—"I haven't been down there yet but I plan on taking a visit there this summer. So far, they've been recruiting me hard and it seems like they have a real good interest in me. It's pretty cool to see the national championship coach in your front office one day too. It's kind of been a big surprise to see Florida recruiting me because I didn't expect that."


South Carolina—"Steve Spurrier. That passing offense is a killer. I watched him growing up at Florida and saw how many balls the receivers in his offense caught. They sent a lot of them to the NFL when he as there and he says they are going to do the same thing at South Carolina."


Tennessee—"I've been talking to coach (Matt) Luke and coach (Phil) Fulmer a few times. I really don't know too much about Tennessee besides the tradition and other than what I've seen on TV. I've been talking to coach Luke since I was a freshman when he was at Ole Miss and we've always got along real well."


One thing all of the schools that Brown mentioned have in common is that they all had receivers go high in the recent NFL draft or are known for sending receivers to the league.


Is that something that he thinks about when he considers his options at the next level?


"Of course," he said. "I look at how they develop their receivers and I always ask what they do to prepare them. That is something I always ask about and talk to with the coaches recruiting me."


At this point, staying close to home will not be the determining factor in the star wide out's decision as he is prepared to do whatever it takes to realize his lifelong dream.


"My mom and my dad really hasn't said too much about me going away from home," he said. "They just want me to make the best decision for me. I'm not looking to go very, very far from home but if going away seems like the best decision for me then that is what I will do. I will go wherever I need to go to get to that next level."


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