TE/DE Recruit Emerging at Wise

Maryland, like any other program, is always on the lookout for undervalued gems, and the Terps may have unearthed one at a nearby powerhouse. Junior tight end/defensive end Trevor Brown from Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) just started playing football last year, and though raw, boasts the size and athleticism coveted by major college programs.

Maryland, like any other program, is always on the lookout for undervalued gems, and the Terps may have unearthed one at a nearby powerhouse. Junior tight end/defensive end Trevor Brown from Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) just started playing football last year, and though raw, boasts the size and athleticism coveted by major college programs.

The 6-foot-6, 250 pounder was recruited to play basketball out of middle school and actually spent his first two high school years at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.). But when the Falcons' basketball coach left the program, Brown decided to transfer to his local public school, Wise.

"After the Good Counsel coach left I just thought Wise would be a better fit for me, and I do like it a lot," Brown said. "The people here really help you, the coaches are great, and they help you become a better player. It's a great environment at Wise. Coach [DaLawn] Parrish really pushes you and makes you better. He can take someone who just started playing football like me and make you a decent player. [Parrish] helps you with life and helps kids with problems too, so I like that about him."

When Brown first arrived at the Upper Marlboro school, he had every intention of just playing basketball for the Pumas. But as soon as he enrolled, the school's athletic director convinced him to try the gridiron game as well.

"I tried it and I just loved it more than any other sport," said Brown, who still plays basketball for Wise. "Ever since then I just loved it. It's the physicality, the aggressiveness, the freedom it gives you and the heart it takes. I love it."

And now football might just be his ticket to Division I and a free education. Brown played a decent amount on the defensive line last fall, and though he had just started, showed plenty of natural ability.

"I could have done better since I'm still learning the game, but I did OK for my first year," Brown said. "I exploded off the ball, I learned the plays quickly and had a couple sacks. I have to work on staying low, my speed and just continue to get faster and stronger."

Brown did not have a chance to play tight end last season, but he'll have every opportunity to claim the starting job this time around.

"I had a pretty good tight end in front of me in Micah Till, who is going to N.C. State, so I didn't get a chance there," Brown said. "But this year I'll get my opportunity. I actually think I'll play tight end in college with my speed, size and athleticism. I have the footwork from basketball, I get off the line quickly and I have soft hands."

Although Brown still has plenty to prove, a few colleges have already expressed interest. He said several programs spoke to Parrish about him, though the only one he knows for sure came through was Maryland.

"Coach [Mike] Locksley came through, and he talked to Coach P. [Parrish] didn't tell me exactly what he said, but he did say to keep my grades up and I'll be fine," Brown said. "I actually know Coach Locks because his son, Kai, played on my AAU basketball team. [Mike Locksley] is a real good guy, and we already have a little bit of a relationship from AAU."

Maryland hasn't made a push yet, but if it did, Brown would be receptive. He said he'd like to play his college ball near home and is familiar with the hometown program.

"It would be real nice to play for Maryland," Brown said. "I know they're rebuilding, going to a better conference in the Big Ten and I know the academics are good. It's right near where I live, and I like that my family can see me play."

Brown was just in College Park for Maryland's junior day and said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He said he loved being able to try on one of the Terps' red jerseys and just hanging out in Byrd Stadium.

"I liked it up there a lot," Brown said. "It was great; I got a chance to talk to the coaches and a bunch of other recruits. I had fun."

The Wise end went on to say that he'd love to hear from other nearby ACC programs as well, specifically mentioning Pittsburgh.

"I feel like a school that's in a good conference and is close to home would be best," Brown said. "I feel like a school like Maryland or Pitt, they would help me in the classroom, they're good programs and I'm near all my friends and family."

Although the process is just beginning for Brown, he did take his first college visit to Kentucky in mid-February. He said he "loved" the campus, the area and the staff.

"It was real cool and I had a great time," Brown said. "They actually want me to come back for a camp to see what I can do at tight end."

Which Brown plans to do at some point this offseason. He also will hit camps at Maryland, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and N.C. State, plus any others that may crop up.

"I just want to prove myself and prove I deserve an offer," Brown said. "I know I have the athletic ability to play [major college football], but now I have to do it on the field."

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