One of the positions of need for NC State this recruiting year is cornerback and they've targeted several talented prospects up and down the east coast. One player they're keeping a close eye on is CB Brandon Brown from Saint Anthony's High School in Melville, NY.
At 5-8, 182 pounds and 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, size may be a concern for some college scouts but Brown has established himself as one of the northeast's top cover corners. Just the second sophomore in school history to earn a starting spot on the varsity squad, Brown notched 25 tackles, one sack and seven pass-breakups in his first season of playing defense. In 2004, Brown collected 36 tackles, 13 passes defended with 10 pass breakups and one interception.
Brown also participates in track and has a personal best time in the 200-meter dash of 22.0-seconds. Combine that speed with his performance at the Nike Camp at Penn State where the rising senior bench pressed 22 reps of 185 pounds and you've got a prospect that's garnered quite a bit of attention from numerous schools.
Although he's yet to earn an offer, Brown is hearing from schools like Boston College, NC State, Syracuse, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Virginia, Rutgers and Georgia Tech among others. He updated Pack Pride on his top schools recently.
"The schools that I'm most interested in right now, in no order, are Boston College, NC State, Syracuse, Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Stanford."
Brown added that NC State is a school that he has keen interest in and he's hoping to hear more from the Pack in the months to come.
"I am very interested in NC State," said Brown. "I like them so much because they play in the ACC and I think that's the most competitive conference in college football because any team can win on a given Saturday.
"NC State's defense plays with a confident swagger which makes them intimidating and they all fly to the ball. They also play a tough schedule every year which makes them a real fun team watch."