2008 Intro: Marquan Brown

HOPE MILLS, N.C. --- After accumulating 1,560 yards as a sophomore, Marquan Brown headed into his junior season with the simple intention of bettering those numbers.

"Everything went well [during my junior season]," said Brown. "We rushed a lot this year. I finished out the season with 1,600 yards. That was better than last year; my goal was to do better than the year before."

On his way to reaching that goal, Brown was named the Cape Fear Valley Conference Player-of-the-Year and scored 17 touchdowns.

Brown, a 5-foot-8 160-pounder who plays halfback and wingback in Hope Mills (N.C.) Gray's Creek's wing-t offense, electrified crowds in the greater Fayetteville area every Friday night last fall with his highlight reel-like runs.

"[He's a] great athlete that does some unbelievable things sometimes," said David Lovette, Gray's Creek's head football coach. "He can turn on a dime; he's fast – low 4.4-forty speed. He's about 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, but plays a lot bigger than that. He's just so fast and maneuverable."

College coaching staffs throughout the nation have gotten a hold of Brown's highlight film and immediately began to pursue the talented athlete. East Carolina, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, and Virginia have all expressed interest.

During his junior season, N.C. State – under the guidance of Chuck Amato – extended Brown a scholarship offer. However like many juniors offered by a departed staff, Brown's N.C. State offer has yet to be validated by the new regime.

"They said that they'll be ready to [offer] soon, but they haven't just yet," said Brown. "I don't know why; they haven't said the reason."

Other coaching staffs have mentioned the notion of having Brown come to their respective camps for further, in-person evaluation. However, Brown isn't yet sure where he'll camp this summer.

This spring, Brown has attended junior days at East Carolina and N.C. State. He also unofficially visited North Carolina for their basketball game against N.C. State.

"[UNC] was interesting," said Brown. "I like their campus – I love it there. I'm really a [N.C.] State fan, but they changed my mind a lot about things. I'm interested in State and Carolina."

Regardless, Brown isn't prepared to officially name any favorites.

"I'm not quite sure [about favorites]," said Brown. "ECU, they're getting in my heart a little bit [along with UNC and N.C. State]. I'm not quite sure yet, because I'm keeping my options open regardless of who grabs my attention. I'm still looking to see what I want. I'm not sure just yet, I'm still a junior; I'm going to take my time."

Furthermore, Brown hasn't developed a game plan or timeline for his recruitment, but figures to have a better gauge on things by the end of the summer.

Brown's size and abilities make him an intriguing prospect for college coaching staffs.

"Some say running back, some say slot [receiver]," said Brown. "[N.C.] State and ECU say I'm a playmaker; they want the ball in my hands. Carolina says slot [receiver].

"I would rather play running back, but I know I can catch and I know probably my abilities at receiver would benefit me more."

Lovette agrees that Brown would be best suited as some sort of receiver.

"He could play DB, but I think the best thing for him to do is be a flanker or inside receiver in a spread-type offense," said Lovette. "He's got great hands and can run with it after he catches the ball."

Last season, Brown caught 20 passes for 631 yards (31.55) and five touchdowns.

In the beginning of the season, Brown played defensive back on a situational basis. Injuries to teammates later in the season forced him to become a fulltime starter on defense in addition to his offensive duties. He responded by intercepting seven passes on the year and returned one back for a score.

Lovette says Brown will continue to be a the focal point of Gray's Creek's offense this fall, while Brown said his personal goal remains the same – improve on last year's performance.

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