Catching Up: Stephon Brown

For McDonough, Ga. native Stephon Brown, the path to Murfreesboro took a sharp detour through Atlanta. After having spent a year in prep school, Brown maintains that he is just that much more prepared to play at the college level. BRZ caught up with him recently to talk through things.

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"I'm fully committed," Brown says of his status with Middle Tennessee. "I signed with them on signing day. It came down to them, Central Florida, Western Kentucky and Boise State."

Brown has been on the radar of the Blue Raider staff since his 2010, when he was a senior in high school. At the time, former offensive coordinator Willie Simmons was his main recruiter. Once he enrolled in Atlanta Sports Academy and got back on the radar, he was courted by both Steve Ellis and Justin Watts.

That seems perfectly fitting for a talented prospect who could end up on either side of the ball in Murfreesboro. For what it's worth, Brown anticipates that he will wind up at receiver once he arrives on campus.

"Coach Ellis said he likes what he saw from me, but I think I'm going to make my money playing receiver up there," he says, adding that his relationship with future position coach Justin Watts is solid. "He's great. You know, at one point I took a visit to TCU and he called me cause he thought I had committed, but I said, ‘No sir I'm still open.' He was honest with me and told me how everything was at that point and I appreciated that. I just felt comfortable with him in the end."

At 5-10 and 192 pounds, Brown projects as a slot receiver in Middle Tennessee's pass-heavy offense. His 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash, however, means he could be used in a lot of different ways.

"Coach Watts told me they'd use me a lot in the slot," Brown says. "With Anthony [Amos] being there for one more year, I could become more of a deep threat. I may also get in the backfield running some reverses and try to get that mismatch on linebackers."

With such a wide range of skills, it's no wonder that so many programs were after Brown, but it wasn't until his year at prep school that he felt he was ready for the college game – something he was extremely open about.

"I would say out of high school I felt like everything was supposed to come to me. I was winning MVP's at camps and felt like everything should come my way," Brown admits. "God slowed me down a little and showed me that it wasn't my time. Atlanta Sports Academy showed me how to improve as a man, not just a player. I got in the classroom and learned what I needed to do to play at the next level and was just learning how to be a receiver. It taught me a lot and that experience was good for me. I needed that."

Brown is planning on sticking with the lessons learned in Atlanta and is looking forward to getting his playback in the next few weeks and getting to work early. In addition to studying up in preparation for his time on the field, he's getting things done in the classroom so he can enroll this Summer.

"The biggest thing Coach Watts stresses is you have to be a student of the game before you play for him. If you get on the field, have a go route and you run a hitch, that's not gonna help you out," he laughs.

For now Brown is just preparing for the Summer, when he'll arrive on campus and begin his college career. Until then, stay tuned to for more on Stephon and the rest of the Middle Tennessee signees.

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