Although RB Raymond Brown may not be a household name with recruiting junkies just yet, ask any follower of Lee County football and they’ll tell you just how special he’s been over the last two seasons playing for Southern Lee High School.
At 6-0, 175 pounds, Brown was at his best this past season in a rivalry game against Lee County when he set a school record with 273 yards rushing and three touchdowns. On the year he tallied 1,620 yards on the ground and 15 touchdowns while adding 17 receptions for 190 yards and two additional scores en route to all-conference honors.
Those numbers came on top of a breakout performance as a sophomore when he tallied nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards.
Equally impressive is the fact that Brown has doubled on defense at safety for Southern as well as contributing on special teams. That versatility is what has caught the eye of several college recruiters.
“A lot of schools just like my athleticism because I play tailback, defense and return kicks,” said Brown. “But of course it’ll depend once you go up there and show them what you can do. The schools are recruiting me as a running back but they know I can play a lot of positions. I would love to play slot receiver, running back or return kicks- anything where I can get the ball in my hands out in space and make plays.”
So far, Brown is hearing primarily from Maryland, East Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Middle Tennessee State. He recently had a chance to visit College Park for the Terrapins junior day and liked what he saw.
“I’ve visited Maryland and I was supposed to visit East Carolina but some family problems came up and I couldn’t make it.
“Maryland’s football program is impressive and I like their campus. Everything is close together there, like they had bowling alleys and stuff right there together. They took us on a little tour of the school and I liked how everything was close. They seem like they’re close to offering. They’ve talked to my coach about it and it sounds like they’re close but they haven’t done it yet.”
Brown has also had a chance to visit NC State and he came away thoroughly impressed with what the Wolfpack has to offer.
“I love State,” he said. “I’ve loved State’s football program since I was little because it’s right up the street from me. I like their training facilities. I really like the running backs coach that came from Boston College (Jason Swepson). I like that coaching staff and I think it would be a good fit for me. I’m friends with Tobais Palmer and Marty Stoner. Marty used to go to my high school before I transferred.”
Although he hasn’t eliminated any schools just yet, Brown said two programs are sticking out so far.
“I kind of like Maryland and NC State right now. Those are the main two showing me interest and I like them both.”
Brown said he will definitely camp at NC State this summer and may camp at Maryland and Virginia as well.