Standing 6-5 and weighing in 200 pounds, Memphis (TN) Harding Academy’s Marlon Brown is the kind of receiver defensive backs fear most. He has the size and strength to outmuscle opponents for extra yards, the moves to juke them, the leaping ability to out-jump them, and good enough speed to sometimes run by them. He demonstrated all of those abilities last year while hauling in 41 receptions for 861 yards and six touchdowns. For good measure he also rushed 58 carries for 629 yards and 10 additional touchdowns. If that isn’t enough, his athletic prowess extends to the basketball floor where he was named a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee.
“On the football field I’m real good at yards after the catch… just making plays,” said Brown. “On the basketball court I’m a big swing man that can drive a little bit and can shoot it from the outside and mid-range. In football I’m like a Calvin Johnson. In basketball I’m like a young Jerry Stackhouse.”
There are a number of college coaches that agree with those lofty comparisons, as evidenced by the 15 scholarships from programs like USC, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Clemson that he already has to his credit. One factor that may weed some of them out is their attitude toward his competing on the hardwood at the next level.
“I don’t have scholarships for basketball, but I want to play both sports in college,” Brown insisted. “That’s a definite. Some of the schools have talked to me about it and some haven’t.”
Most of Brown’s suitors won’t likely let his dual sport desires curtail their interest. The line of coaches beating down his door gets longer by the day, and now the Wolverines appear poised to add to it.
“I’ve heard they’re interested in me and I’m interested in them,” Brown said regarding Michigan. “To be honest, I have no idea if they’ve sent me an offer yet. Sometimes (the offer) goes to my coaches.”
If and when Brown confirms he has indeed received the offer from the Maize & Blue, they’ll immediately begin to receive greater consideration.
“(Michigan) is one of the schools that I would probably visit,” he said. “Distance won’t be a factor at all. I don’t have a top five right now. I just want to learn more about the schools. I’d say I’ll start cutting it down around the summer time. I have no idea for a timeline of when I’m going to make my decision.”
“I’m looking for great coaching and a winning history for the school,”
Brown added. “I’ll look hard at the education too.”