While QB Harrison Beck has garnered most of the recruiting attention in Florida, there's another Sunshine State signal-caller gaining interest from several big-time programs. And although he's yet to earn a scholarship offer, the table appears to be set for standout QB Jarrett Brown of Palm Beach Gardens High School in West Palm Beach, Fla to earn his fair share before all is said and done.
The 2004 season will mark Brown's fourth as a starter in Florida's largest classification of football (6A)- an almost unheard of stat for players competing in that state's toughest division.
This past year Brown threw for close to 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns en route to all-county honors and being named to the Class 6A all-state second team. In fact, the only QB voted ahead of him last year for the all-state squad was Pack recruit Brent Schaeffer.
Brown has been hard at work this Spring honing his game and was a standout at the Nike Camp held in Coral Gables earlier this year. At 6-3, 192 pounds, Brown ripped off a 4.53-second 40-yard dash and served notice that he can beat opposing defenses with his arm or speed.
Star players in Florida rarely go unnoticed and such has been the case for Brown. He is receiving heavy recruiting interest from numerous schools but Iowa, NC State, UCF, Miami, Ole Miss and Minnesota appear to be the most interested. So far this month the rising senior has fielded calls from Ole Miss, NC State, Minnesota, Miami and UCF. One school showing quite a bit of interest is the Pack and Brown told Statefans that NC State is a school he rates very highly at the current time.
"I started watching State a few years ago," Brown said. "The thing that really stood out for me was how many players from the state of Florida they have. Then they beat Florida State a couple years and that was really surprising. It was kind of funny because I really like both schools. Doc Holliday (Pack WR coach) is recruiting me and he's already called me at home. He's just a really good guy. He's supposed to be by the school this week."
Brown stated that he's currently open but favors Iowa, NC State, Texas, Miami and Florida State.
Although he's yet to earn a scholarship offer, he said he felt that a couple of Big-10 schools were very close. Brown also added that he'll be attending a couple of camps in the hopes of possibly snagging a couple more.
"I think Iowa and Minnesota are real close to offering," said Brown. "I'm planning on camping at Texas and NC State this summer."
Brown plans to major in Business.