Mississippi Delta CC could have one of the rising stars in the Mississippi junior college ranks this coming season, Anthony Brown. Anthony, a wide receiver, participated in the EMCC Football Combine on May 2nd and really caught the eye of the college coaches that were in attendance."> Mississippi Delta CC could have one of the rising stars in the Mississippi junior college ranks this coming season, Anthony Brown. Anthony, a wide receiver, participated in the EMCC Football Combine on May 2nd and really caught the eye of the college coaches that were in attendance.">

Anthony Brown Update

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/juniorcollege/2003/brownanthony-mdcc.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="164"> Mississippi Delta CC could have one of the rising stars in the Mississippi junior college ranks this coming season, Anthony Brown. Anthony, a wide receiver, participated in the EMCC Football Combine on May 2nd and really caught the eye of the college coaches that were in attendance.

With approximately 45 coaches representing 33 colleges watching, Anthony Brown performed extremely well in his tests. The 6-foot-6.5, 208-pounder had a vertical jump of 34.5 inches, ran the forty yard dash in 4.52 seconds, had a 4.3 second 20-yard shuttle and benched 185 pounds 12 times. I believe his time in the 40 was one of the top 5 times of the day.

While Anthony had a great day testing, he wasn't really surprised with his results.

"I knew what I was focused on, what I was going for," said Anthony. "I knew what I was capable of doing. What I did at the combine, I knew I had it in me."

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Anthony, who will turn 20 years old on June 8th, has also lived in Nashville, Tennessee and Hot Springs, Arkansas.

You would expect a youngster who has as much talent as Anthony to have been a hot commodity in high school. However, up until his senior season, Anthony had always played basketball and had never played football.

Playing at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee his senior season, Anthony, made the most of his only year to play football by earning 2nd team All-State after catching 33 passes for approximately 530 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Colleges took notice of him after such a great year, but Anthony, although a good student, wasn't able to graduate.

"My step-father was a Christian recording artist and did a lot of concerts on the road," said Anthony. "That caused me to miss a lot of days of school. Because of that, I didn't graduate."

However, one school, Middle Tennessee State University, was still interested enough to sign him as a Prop 48, but Anthony decided he wanted to get his diploma, instead.

"I was going to sign with Middle Tennessee, but in order to do that, I would have had to get my GED," said Anthony. "I would have been a Prop 48, but I decided to go back and get my high school diploma and see what happened from there."

After having lived with his mother and step-father in Nashville, he decided to go live with his dad in Hot Springs, Arkansas and attend his final year of school there. He wasn't able to play football during what was basically his second senior year, but he was able to play in some 7-on-7 games during the summer prior to the school year. Several schools continued to keep an eye on him through those games.

"The coach from Hot Springs recorded (film of) me during the 7-on-7 games," said Anthony. "That's how the different (college) coaches knew about me from Hot Springs. Pine Bluff and Middle Tennessee kept calling me throughout."

He almost decided he would sign with Pine Bluff, but had second thoughts.

"I told Pine Bluff, just because they were the one that had stuck with me and I had taken an official visit there, I liked them," said Anthony. "But, I then decided that I wanted to be re-recruited and try to go to the SEC."

Wanting to live that dream of playing in the SEC, he knew he had to play in a top junior college conference, so he decided to sign with Mississippi Delta CC in Morehead, Mississippi.

A thin 6-foot-6, 185-pounder his freshman season, he didn't get a lot of passes thrown his way. In fact, he was mostly used as a decoy due to the type offense they ran at MDCC.

"I played, but we had more of a running offense," said Anthony. "It was about 70/30 on running and passing."

However, with a new coaching staff in place for his sophomore year, he will be able to showcase his tremendous athletic ability.

"We have a new coach and he is going to be running the 4-wide, no-huddle," said Anthony. "That is going to give me a lot of balls thrown my way."

While waiting for next season to get here, Anthony decided to go ahead and showcase his ability in front of college coaches at the EMCC football combine.

And the results from that combine have started to pay dividends.

Anthony told me since the combine he has received calls from, "Mississippi State and Middle Tennessee. Ole Miss called me at home but I wasn't there so I didn't talk to them.

"Middle Tennessee called me the day after the combine. Mississippi State called about a week after. (MSU OL Coach) Steve Campbell called. Coach Hobby was the coach from Ole Miss who called my home."

According to Anthony, the coaches who he talked to told him that they were impressed with, "my height. They were looking for a go-to guy with my height and size. They told me that I have a great frame for my height."

Another thing that impressed the coaches was the fact that Anthony will graduate in December, 2003.

"They said that was a bonus when it comes to getting recruits in from junior college," said Anthony. "They can come in and transfer during the spring. They can come in and learn the system and get used to the environment."

Anthony told me his top five teams are, "Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech and the University of Central Florida."

He has strong ideas what he is looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, somebody who cares for their players," said Anthony, who plans on majoring in Speech Pathology. "And I'm looking for a good place to stay for my next two years."

Although he is very happy with the schools that have called him and knows they are all great schools, there is another team or two that he wouldn't mind hearing from.

"My first choice is the Florida Gators but they haven't contacted me or shown interest," said Anthony. "Actually, since I was little, I have always wanted to go to Florida. I also like the University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas."

With just about everything you would want in a receiver, a player and a person, look for this very likeable youngster to have a lot of schools show interest in him before his recruitment is finished.


Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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