2008 Intro: C.J. Brown

WILMINGTON, N.C. --- Although overshadowed by Nick Becton, C.J. Brown is just as much of a Division I-A prospect as his Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover teammate.

"The problem that C.J. has is Nick," said Kevin Motsinger, New Hanover's head football coach. "Most colleges don't feel like you can have two [Division I-A caliber lineman] at one school – but we do. He's going to really have to show it on film. The kid is a D-1 football player."

Regardless, Brown is receiving different degrees of interest from schools throughout the region including Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Virginia.

"UVa is sending me a lot [of mail], but I've been talking to the coach at Duke," said Brown. "I've been talking to him a lot, and I've been getting a lot of mail from Carolina."

Like Becton, Brown is full of potential with plenty of tools to work with.

"Seeing him on film, he is raw," said Motsinger. "But you're going to see a very physical, quick [lineman] and he's very athletic."

What you won't see on film is the fact that Brown, who is already 6-foot-3 and 283 pounds, might not be finished growing.

"The thing about him is age wise, he should be a sophomore in high school. And he hasn't grown into his body. He might end up being 6-7, 6-8. His mother's extremely tall, his father's extremely tall, and you look at his feet, I don't think he's fully grown physically."

How Brown matures physically will play a major role in what position he plays in college.

"Honestly at the next level, he could be a center or a guard – at a major D-1 school – unless he gets taller," said Motsinger. "But athletically and intelligently, he could play anywhere [on the offensive line]."

This fall, Brown will probably play right tackle for New Hanover alongside Becton at right guard.

"We're going to put those two guys wherever we need them at best for our team," said Motsinger.

As a junior, Brown started all over the offensive line and helped give New Hanover its first 1,000-yard rusher since 1994.

Before heading into his senior season, Brown figures to have a hectic summer schedule.

"I might go to a lot of camps this summer," said Brown. "See some campuses and get my name out there. A lot of coaches are telling me to come to camp; I'm getting a lot of invitations to come to camp."

Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest appear to be the most likely camping stops.

Brown, who has attended junior days at ECU and N.C. State, is favoring three schools.

"I really like [North] Carolina and I'm liking [N.C.] State, right now," said Brown. "UVa is up there on the list, too."

North Carolina, though, is Brown's leader.

"I just like the campus, it's a nice campus," said Brown. "I can see them getting better. I like the fans, everything, the stadium – it's real nice up there."

Brown said he is looking to make a verbal commitment "as early as possible" and is hoping to have his recruitment out of the way by the end of the summer.


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