“He’s a pass rush end,” Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri said. “He’s an athletic, fast, smart player.
Brown has yet to start a varsity game. He backed up Navy signee Stephan Askew the past couple of seasons, including in 2013 when Mallard Creek went undefeated and won the NCHSAA 4AA State Championship.
“He played for us last year on JV,” Palmieri said. “He’s coming up now and we’re expecting a lot out of him. He has some big shoes to fill. But he’s a hard working kid with big upside.”
Despite his lack of varsity film, Brown has scored scholarship offers from Florida State, North Carolina, and UCLA.
“Schools see his upside,” Palmieri said. “He’s gone to camps and he has performed well. He has great size and speed. He’s a great kid with great grades. The sky’s the limit for him.”
Brown earned the UNC offer with his performance at the Tar Heels’ camp in June.
“It was a great experience,” Brown said. “I really got a feel for how the coaches coach. I had met the coaches plenty of times before, because I had been up to North Carolina many times before I came to the camp. But getting to see them coach me, it felt pretty good to see how they run things.”
Specifically, Brown worked out under Ron West, UNC’s linebackers coach, since the Tar Heels’ staff projects Brown to play Bandit within its 4-2-5 defensive scheme.
“That was my first time working out at linebacker,” Brown said. “It was different. I got to mix it up a little bit. It was fun, though. I kind of liked it more than D-end because you’re able to move around in a two-point position [and] are able to cover, but I’m also able to be on the line.”
Brown also collected his Florida State and UCLA offers while visiting their respective campuses. He plans to return to Tallahassee when the Seminoles host Clemson.
In addition to the three aforementioned schools, Brown camped at Clemson this summer.
Brown says that Florida State, UNC, and UCLA are currently his top three schools. Not only have all three offered, but also the trio has shown him the most interest.
Brown is the most familiar with UNC.
“I love North Carolina,” Brown said. “It’s close to home. I can’t really say anything negative about it – amazing football team and they have a lot coming to them in the next couple of years.”
Brown has also heard positive things from former Mallard Creek players/current Tar Heels Brian Walker and Marquise Williams.
“They said they love it up there,” Brown said. “They tell me how it is and what they like about it.”
Walker and Williams aren’t the only players Mallard Creek has sent to the college football ranks. Mallard Creek alumni are all over the region.
“If I could go to a school with a couple of my [former] teammates, that would be amazing,” Brown said.
This coming spring, Brown will go out for the track team to work on his speed.