Levi Brown is a 6-foot-3, 300-plus defensive tackle who brings a man's strength to his high school gridiron at Liberty in Bethlehem, Penn.
Although he has no offers yet, Brown appears to carry all of the essentials for a Michigan State scholarship opportunity: great physical numbers, the versatility to play both the 1-technique when the Green and White face third-and-long situations and the 3-technique in MSU's base 4-3, and a mature attitude with leadership potential.
Michigan State is sending Brown plenty of mail and would no-doubt like to see him and his abilities (which include a bench press of over 400-pounds and squat of over 600-pounds) make the trip to East Lansing this summer for a camp. And Brown would like to come, too.
"I was supposed to go to one of their camps last year, but I couldn't go," Brown said. Instead, the Spartan coaching staff went to him. Quarterbacks coach Dave Warner took a trip to eastern Pennsylvania and visited Brown at Liberty.
"He talked Michigan State and how they cared a lot about football," Brown said.
He says his Liberty coaches are helping him to hash out plans to attend some camps in the next few months, but destinations have not been set in stone. Brown says Pittsburgh, Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers, North Carolina and Michigan have also been showing steady interest, with perhaps Pitt and the Illini showing him the most love.
On defense, Brown plays both a true nose guard assignment as well as defensive tackle in a 4-man front.
"At the beginning of the season I was playing strictly nose guard," Brown said, "but as the season went on, we went to a 4-front, so, I kind of play the 1-tech, 3-tech, and sometimes they even move me to the 5."
Although he much prefers the defensive side of the pigskin, he also sets up shop and starts as an offensive tackle — for the good of the team.
"I'm not going to lie to you — I don't really like it," Brown said, "but it's something I had to do for my team, so I played offense last year."
In addition to being a team-player, Brown embraces a leadership position on his team as well. "I got a lot of captain votes last year, but they were sticking strictly with seniors," he said. "Next year I'm probably going to end up being a captain."
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