While all-american OL Matt Hardrick of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla has garnered a ton of recruiting interest this year, college scouts couldn't help but notice the potential of his talented teammate, OL Quinton Brown.
At 6-6, 270 pounds and boasting 4.9-second speed in the 40 yard dash, Brown helped lead the Eagles to the 6A state championship game in 2003. 10-1 so far in 2004, Edgewater finds themselves just one win away from another trip to the state finals.
For Brown, he has played a huge role in Edgewater's success but found recruiting to be slow-going early on. Then, over the summer, the word apparently got out about the athletic lineman's ability and he's received his own mountain of interest since. Brown recently told Pack Pride that he felt the growing wave of college interest was simply a product of his own hard work.
"After last season during the summer, I just kept getting more and more letters and everything just started going good for me," said Brown. "I just started playing a lot better so I guess I did it for myself.
"I've tried to work on every aspect of my game. I've improved so much with my pass blocking and my run blocking. Plus, my technique, I've really started getting that going."
A two-year starter for Edgewater, Brown has already had a career's worth of highlights, yet, one game in particular stands out above the rest.
"The thing is I try to go all out on every snap," said Brown. "My special moment, though, has to have been in the semi-finals last year against Deerfield. They had a very good defensive line. As a whole we just did really good and I played my heart out."
College coaches have certainly taken notice of that effort as Brown currently boasts better than a dozen scholarship offers including Florida, Florida State, NC State, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn and West Virginia.
Brown has narrowed his list to a solid top five, however, it appears two schools may have separated themselves from the rest of the field.
"Right now I like Florida State, NC State, Georgia, Louisville and Florida," said Brown. "I don't really have a favorite out of those. It's just pretty much neck and neck between NC State and Florida State. It's hard to say exactly who's recruiting me the hardest because NC State and Florida State are both recruiting me pretty hard and I like that but it's going to make it (my decision) hard for me."
Brown talked more about what he found attractive in the Seminoles and Wolfpack.
"At Florida State, I've got a couple of family members up there and I've got a couple of teammates up there in Kenny (Ingram) and Aaron (Jones) and they just tell me how good the program is and how good the coaches are. They just give me a lot of reasons why I should come up there.
"As for NC State, I really like the coaches. I like how nice they are and they call me all the time. They tell me I'll have the opportunity to play early and I like that. It just seems like a nice place to go."
Another factor in the Brown sweepstakes could be his teammate Matt Hardrick. He is a major FSU target and is listing the Noles as one of his top schools. Brown admits that the two have kicked around the notion of a possible package deal.
"In this situation we've talked about visiting together but I'm not sure how it's going to work out because I'm not sure where he's leaning," said Brown. "But, we were thinking about."
Brown plans to major in Business.