Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the 2002 Shrine Bowl Coach, Harold Robinson. I asked him to give me his input about the NC State signees he had coached last December and the first name that popped out from Coach was "Martrel Brown."
Coach Robinson did nothing but heap praise about the Purnell Swett linebacker. "He is what you look for in a linebacker. You can't out run him. We clocked him at 4.5. He is also a super kid. UNC and the others missed on him. Sometimes you have to take a chance on kid and from what I know, he was close to getting qualified. NC State stayed right with him and they are getting a good one."
NC State did indeed stay with Martrel and Martrel stayed after the SAT
until he got his score. He told StateFans he was looking forward to his NCSU
future. "I graduated and I qualified on my SAT. I've just been working out and
practicing and stuff like that. They (NC State) have not sent me my work-out
yet, so I am still doing my school work-out. I'm benching, squatting, running
and power clean and stuff like that. I want to go up (to
We also asked Brown about the Shrine Bowl experience. "I loved the Shrine
Bowl. It was a good experience. Because every player there was basically one of
the top players in the state and it made me feel good that I was a part of that.
I think that was one of the best
Other future Wolfpackers also shared the Shrine Bowl experience with
Brown. Mario Williams, and Ernest Jones were teammates on the
When asked if there was any one team he looked forward to playing next
year as a Wolfpacker, Martrel was quick to point out the third game of the
Brown is looking forward to the challenges that await him in
Besides working out and thinking about his future at NC State, Martrel also threw the Shot this spring for Purnell Swett. "I threw the shot put. I went to the State Finals and finished fourth. My longest throw was 50'2" at the State. For the year my longest throw was 52'."
Brown finished the season for Purnell Swett with 165 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 recoveries.