Navy commit has blazing speed

John Brown III, who committed to the Naval Academy in late September, just completed his senior season at Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, N.C. The Falcons went 2-9 for the 2012 season, but Brown continued to exude the brilliance that landed him an offer from the Midshipmen staff.

"It went okay, but it was kind of a tough season," said John Brown III. "I think I did alright on improving my vision, quickness, and footwork. I had over 400 yards and four touchdowns."

During the season, Brown did enjoy a weekend visit to Annapolis for a Navy game which sold him on the program.

"The one [Navy] game I made it to was for the San Jose State," Brown said. "It was a nice looking campus. We got a tour and saw all of the great history of the Academy. I didn't know all of the Midshipmen cadets go to every home game. I enjoyed the atmosphere especially when they came out to fire arms. That was cool to see."

Before committing to Navy, Brown was receiving attention from Duke, East Carolina, N.C. State, UNC, Wake Forest, as well as Elon and Appalachian State.

"I called Tony Grantham and let him know I was ready to commit," explained Brown. "They told me they loved my speed and agility and thought I'd fit in well in their backfield. I liked the benefits you'll have after graduating from the Academy like a guaranteed job and the networking. I didn't know much about the military part, but the more I learned about it, the better I liked it."

At this time, Brown isn't sure if he'll go straight into the Academy or attend the Prep School. However, he feels like when he joins the team, he'll be ready to make an immediate impact.

"I really think I could go in and play early," Brown stated. "I'm playing basketball this winter. After it's over, I'm going to be working hard with my trainer to get ready." Brown, 5-foot-10, 190-pounds, said his best time in the 40 is a 4.31 he ran with his personal trainer. He reports a 3.7 GPA at Charles E. Jordan. At Navy, he hopes to choose a degree that will lead to a career in sports management. Top Stories