Ben Brown and his family have a long history with the Southeastern Conference. On Thursday, he picked up his first scholarship offer from an SEC program.
A 6-foot-6, 290-pound Class of 2017 offensive lineman at St. Aloysius High School in Vicksburg, Miss., Brown received an offer from the Missouri Tigers.
“That’s very crazy,” Brown told BlackandGoldIllustrated.com. “It’s still hard to believe. I’m so honored and blessed to have received an offer from such a great school that plays at the most competitive level.”
Brown’s family has a long history with the Ole Miss program.
Both of Brown’s grandfathers played for the Rebels. So did his father and his uncle.
Brown has already received recruiting attention from Ole Miss, as well as rival Mississippi State, and has visited both campuses recently.
The Missouri offer came from a previous relationship with a coach, new Tigers offensive line coach Glen Elarbee.
“How I actually got in touch with Missouri is Coach Elarbee used to be the (offensive line) coach at Arkansas State,” Brown said. “I met him at a spotlight camp this summer at Madison Central in Madison, Miss. I went to the camp and I performed well and he told me to stay in touch.
“I hadn’t heard from him in a while until recently he joined the Missouri staff. He asked if I remembered him and I said, ‘absolutely, yes, sir.’ We talked a little bit and that was that, he offered me. It was crazy and a very memorable experience.”
Brown will be a player to watch throughout the recruiting process and the offer from Mizzou will likely lead to more opportunities with SEC schools.
As for Brown’s game, we asked the offensive lineman to describe his style of play on the field as well as his strengths and his weaknesses.
“I play till the whistle ends,” Brown said. “I think I’m a leader on my field. I try to encourage my teammates to give it all they have every single play. I’m very strong. I can bench 350, squat a lot. The things I’m kind of working on right now this offseason is continuing to improve on my technique and footwork and speed.”
Brown has experience all over the offensive line for his high school, which will only help him throughout the recruiting and evaluation process.
“I’ll play anywhere on the offensive line besides center really,” Brown said. “I’ve never snapped the ball. But wherever my team needs me or wherever any team that offers me needs me, I’m happy to play there. For my team I’ve played left guard, left tackle, right tackle and right guard, so I’m fine wherever.”