Brown Is 'A Playmaker Of Playmakers'

Heading into the 2006 season, Maple Heights (Ohio) head football coach Jeff Rotsky knew that the Mustangs' chances of winning increased with the amount of times Charles Brown touched the football.

"We put him all over," said Rotsky. "We played him on the outside as an outside receiver; we played him on the inside slot [and] ran a jet sweep to him. We ran the ball with him, we'd pitch the ball to him, we'd throw a quick pass to him, [and] we'd get it down field to him. He started getting double-coverage on the outside, we moved him on the inside in our double set."

Against Mentor (Ohio), the state runner-ups, Brown caught five passes for 130 yards before the end of the first half. However, he sustained an injury. Not wanting to jeopardize his future, Rotsky kept him out of the rest of the game. Maple Heights lost 43-33.

Brown, a 5-foot-10 190-pounder, ended the season with 37 catches for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns.

On the collegiate level, Rotsky believes that Brown is best suited as a slot receiver who receives the opportunity to run the ball, also.

"I think he's best as an inside guy where he can run the ball, [and] he can work the middle the field," said Rotsky. "There's no safety or linebacker that can even come close to checking him. I think when you're that strong physically and you're at 5-10 in height, you don't need that much space, but he can catch the ball and create space.

"Plus, he's a spectacular punt returner/kick returner. He took five or six back earlier in the year. Unfortunately, we had penalties on four of them. He makes incredible cuts."

What makes Brown such a special athlete, according to the coach, is his remarkable combination of strength and speed.

"He is a playmaker of playmakers," said Rotsky. "This kid is a spectacular kid – number one. He's a hard worker. He's very strong, but fast – he bench presses 225 [pounds] 15 times. He's got those – what I call – Barry Sanders shakes.

"He just does some incredible things. Very rarely does the first guy ever bring him down – A, because he's so fast and shifty; B, because he's so strong. I guarantee you this kid will be every bit as strong as the wide receivers out there at North Carolina right now.

"He along with my other guy Richard Quinn hopefully will be catching many touchdowns of the next several years for Coach [Butch] Davis."

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