2008 Focus: Marquan Brown

HOPE MILLS, N.C. -- Marquan Brown might be small, but his size hasn't stopped him from being the most dangerous player in the Cape Fear region.

Marquan Brown might be small, but his size hasn't stopped him from being the most dangerous player in the Cape Fear region.

"I think he's the best junior in the state," Gray's Creek head coach David Lovette told Pack Pride. "That's my opinion, but I don't think there is anyone like him."

Statistically, you may not find a more productive rising senior. At a generous 5-foot-9 and 160-pounds, Brown starred at tailback for Gray's Creek.

He rushed for 1,510 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 119 carries (12.7 yards per carry). He added 20 receptions for 631 yards five more scores, averaging an astounding 31.6 yards per catch. Brown also made his mark defensively, as he tallied seven interceptions.

"We had a really good season last year," said Brown. "We went 9-3, and we had a good running game. I had about 1,600 yards rushing, and I think I showed my strengths. I can really run the ball, catch the ball, and I have good field awareness."

For his efforts, Brown was named 2006 Cape Fear Valley Conference Player of the Year, winning the award over Harnett Central standout Rodney Cox.

"That means a lot to win that award," said Brown. "I didn't get it last year, but it means I improved a lot from the year before."

Although his recruitment is just now starting to take shape, Brown stated NC State, East Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia are recruiting him the hardest. NC State offered him a scholarship under former head coach Chuck Amato, but he isn't sure if the offer is still outstanding under Tom O'Brien.

When asked to name a favorite, Brown tabbed the Wolfpack his leader.

"NC State... I don't know, I've just always liked them," he said. "I've been to a lot of football games up there and I like the atmosphere."

Brown's coach knows that he has a special player.

"We just get the ball in his hands, and he can make a lot of plays," said coach Lovette. "When you watch his highlight tape, you see what I'm talking about.

"Marquan has great speed and outstanding hands. He plays running back for us, but I think he's going to be a flanker in college. He can make plays in the open field and his hands are very, very good."

Brown plans on attending the upcoming Shrine Bowl combines and the Scout.com Combine. Don't expect an early decision from the speedster.

"I think I'm going to wait a little while. I want to see who all comes after me."

Tomorrow Pack Pride will have exclusive highlights of Marquan Brown in action so stay tuned!

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