A Note From Weis

On top of his desk inside of his bedroom, Harding Academy (Memphis, Tenn.) receiver Marlon Brown keeps the hand-written notes sent to him by college coaches across the country. Somewhere in the stack, the 2009 recruiting prospect has one from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"I was surprised, I was like wow," Marlon Brown said. "It says we're thinking about you."

A lot of coaches are thinking about the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Brown.

Recently fired Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron was the first to offer a scholarship, when Brown was a sophomore. He now has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, and Oklahoma as well. Brown said interest is also coming from Alabama, Kansas State, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Stanford and Connecticut.

"This has all caught me off guard," Brown said. "When coach O called and offered I was like thanks. Then when I thought about it, I was like wow, I just got offered as a sophomore."

There is going to be many more offers for the tall, physical, speedy receiver, that is also getting Division-I basketball interest. Tennessee, Clemson, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU and Stanford have been sending Brown stuff.

"Right now I'm looking at doing both, but I don't know how that's going to work out," Brown said. He said he last ran a timed 40-yard dash at 4.6 in ninth grade.

This past season, Brown had 41 receptions for 861 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 58 carries for 629 yards and 10 more scores.

"If you're just talking about a pure athlete, as far as running and jumping and natural strength, and you add the fact that he is 6-5, 210 pounds with a high football IQ, it's wherever you want to put him," Harding head coach Ryan Derrick explained. "He's the total package. He's the best I've been around in 11 years."

Derrick said that Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood has been one of the many coaches in touch regarding Brown.

"I talked to them on the phone two or three times late in the season," Derrick said of Notre Dame. "They were calling to get some information on him. They said once their season wrapped up they would definitely be in Memphis."

Brown doesn't know much about Notre Dame.

"I know they have good tradition of winning," Brown stated. He has a 3.5 GPA. "I know that they have a good coach up there."

"I think any time you have the tradition Notre Dame has, you're going to get his ear," Derrick said. "Plus, academics is going to play a huge role in his decision."

Another thing Brown knows about the Irish is Golden Tate. He played against the Notre Dame freshman receiver twice in his prep career, when Tate was a standout at John Paul II High.

"He was a real good player in high school," Brown said. "He'd do stuff and I'd be like wow how did he do that? When I was a freshman I only played offense and was on the sideline saying, man y'all couldn't tackle him. Then when I was sophomore, I was out there with the defense, and I was like this is why you couldn't tackle him."

Derrick said that with Brown's quickness and foot speed, he was able to play Brown at cornerback at times. One of those times was against Tate.

"When you put a sophomore on one of the nation's best, you have a lot of confidence in him," Derrick said. "He's definitely a receiver, but he is such a competitor and a good athlete he was able to hold his own against Golden.

"Once we put Marlon on him it limited him as much as you could limit Golden. He was a good one. I enjoyed watching him on film but didn't like playing against him."

Distance won't be an issue when it comes to Brown and college. He has traveled quite a bit with his AAU team. He is just looking for home. At the moment, he doesn't know much about many schools. The only place he has really visited is in-state school Tennessee.

"It's amazing, how loud it was," Brown said. He attended the South Carolina game this fall. "It's so loud, when you try and yell, you can't hear yourself."

Brown's not sure where he might camp or go to combines at this summer, but Notre Dame will definitely be a consideration.

"I want to learn more about them."


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