The speedy 5-foot-9, 155-pound Brown is one of the best athletes in the 2008 recruiting class. He thought his teammates could benefit from the lessons Notre Dame has sent in the mail.
"One they sent me said something about how eyes are upon you no matter what you do, make sure you set a good example because someone is always watching you," Marquan Brown said. He is a three-year starter and has rushed for around 4,500 yards in his career, and reported a 4.3 40-yard dash time at Nike's Combine held at Virginia Tech last summer.
"I read all their catalogs and things they send me about the program. I've read about the Four Horsemen. I hung up their Play Like A Champion Today poster in our locker room, because that's what everyone needs to do, live and perform today, in the moment."
Brown played like a champion this past season. Head coach David Lovette estimated that his go-to player rushed for over 1,500 yards, had another 600 yards receiving and at least 20 touchdowns. As a starting safety, Brown said he had eight interceptions and about 30 tackles. Despite that production, Grays Creek High lost in the first round of the state playoffs.
Those numbers led to a scholarship offer from Chuck Amato at North Carolina State. Amato has since been fired, and Tom O'Brien and the new staff have asked for Brown to send some tape. Lovette said that North Carolina, Virginia, East Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina State have been by the school to get a look at Brown.
"He is getting mail from everywhere in the world," Lovette stated.
"In my 15 years of coaching, he is the best combination of feet and hands I've ever seen," Lovette said. "He can run full speed one way, and turn without losing any speed. At least three times this season he caught a 10-yard pass and took it the distance."
"I see the field, I know my surroundings before I get to them," Brown said of why he is so tough to catch and tackle.
While Brown plays running back in high school, he is well aware of the fact that it's doubtful he does that on the next level.
"My coaches have been telling me I probably wont play running back, so probably slot, kickoff return and punt return," he said. Brown also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this year.
In the spring, Brown takes his speed to the track. He said he finished fifth at the state meet in the 100-meter dash, and ran the anchor leg on the 400-relay team that finished sixth. Alabama and a lot of small schools have been sending him mail.
"He runs a 10.38 100-meter dash, a 10.4 electronic," Lovette said. "Unbelievable speed."
Brown has only been to North Carolina State on an unofficial visit. On top of the Nike Camp in Blacksburg, Va., he also attended a camp at Clemson. Brown reports that he can bench press 250 pounds and squat 405 pounds. He doesn't know his GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT in March. Lovette said Brown is an average student.
In no particular order, Brown listed his favorites as Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Miami, Ohio State and Georgia. He and Lovette talked about trying to make it to South Bend and taking the school up on an invitation to an Irish game last season, but things didn't work out. Brown is going to try and make it up this summer.
"The stuff they have been sending me said they are high on academics and really enforce it and that's a good thing," Brown explained. "I know they are a good football team, and I like them a lot because of their football team."
A team that Brown eventually could be playing for.