Name: Marquan Brown
Hometown: Hope Mills, North Carolina
High School: Gray's Creek
NOTES: 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.
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 QUOTE: "We had a really good season last year. 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." -- Marquan Brown
COACH QUOTE: "I think he's the best junior in the state. That's my opinion, but I don't think there is anyone like him. We just get the ball in his hands, and he can make a lot of plays. 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." -- Gray's Creek Head Coach David Lovette
PACK PRIDE SCOUTING REPORT: "Marquan Brown from Gray's Creek High School is 5-8, 165 pounds and that's about the only negative you can mention when watching him in action. No matter where he lines up on the field, Brown pulls off one amazing play after another. At running back Brown shows tremendous acceleration, balance and elusiveness. He sets defenders up with a dip of the shoulder and then jets around them to the outside. When Brown sees a hole up the middle, he explodes through it in the blink of an eye.
"Brown is equally impressive at cornerback. Because of his athleticism and hand-eye coordination, he's able to time his jumps perfectly to snag interceptions and once the ball's in his hands, he's almost impossible to catch. Despite his lack of size, Brown shows that he isn't afraid of contact and routinely takes on players much larger than himself.
"Brown could ultimately project at a number of positions but slot receiver would appear to be a likely destination. Operating with the ball in space is when Brown appears to be his most dangerous." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
SCOUTING REPORT: "Marquan Brown is one of the top high school players in the state of North Carolina for the upcoming year. He has a good blend of acceleration, vision, and balance from his running back position. He runs surprising well in the middle and bounces outside at the second level with good pad level in the hole. Brown stops on a dime and gets back up to speed quickly, though he may do it a little too much in the middle of the line.
"He would be a guy to offer once you see him in person to determine how much more weight he can put on his body because he is not much more than a 15 carry back in college at 150 pounds. Brown is a solid change-of-pace player even without amazing top-end speed. He hits the corner very well, able to outrun some players with angles, and has great overall instincts for the game. I would grade him right around the top ten players in the state." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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