HS Coach Quote:
"Jada just has an awesome personality. We had our team awards last night, and he addressed the team without me saying a word," said Banneker Coach James Fletcher. "He is just a natural born leader. I tell him that I do not know if you are just an awesome motivator or a con artist. It is probably a little of both (laugh). I think the local media will find a new media darling because he usually has a comment and it's going to be a good one. As far as Jada the player, wow, aggression is what comes to mind. He is just relentless. His motor never stops running. He never takes a play off. We have to pull his reins back because of the type of aggression he exhibits on the field. Coach Orgeron has a good one. With his potential and attitude, Jada will succeed in the SEC."
"We needed help on the defensive front for the future. The current roster is short on good, young defensive linemen. We feel Jada Brown can help fill that void along with Jerrell Powe, Peria Jerry and Lamark Armour. Jerrell and Peria are certainly the cornerstone guys there who are ready to play in a hurry, but Jada and Lamark have the characteristics we are looking for as well - explosiveness off the ball, very active, good hips."
The following information was revealed during our interview with Jada Brown:
Have you seen any changes in your height or weight since you signed with Ole Miss? "I am much bigger now. I was weighing 256 in the season. I am now up to 275 because I got serious in the weight room. I also changed my diet and running habits. Instead of jogging, I do sprints now."
Have you maxed out since you signed with Ole Miss? "Well, I am a little stronger. I do not look for power, I look for muscle. I am going in (to Ole Miss) to train, but I have not maxed out or anything, but I do feel stronger."
Are you going to participate in any football all-star games this summer? "No, all of our all-star games are over. I got invited to the Hawaii Bowl this summer, but I am going to be in Oxford."
Did you participate in any Spring sports? "I threw the shot put and discus and I run the "big man" relay. It makes us big boys feel like we are skinny for a change (laugh)."
What are your best throws this year? "In the discus, it was 158 feet. I finished 7th in state. In the shot put, it was a 53 feet. I came in second in Georgia."
When are you scheduled to graduate? "On May 20th."
Where do you stand academically? "I have a 2.85 core GPA and a 880 on the SAT."
are good to go? "Yes sir."
When do you plan to enroll at Ole Miss? "I am going to try and go to the 1st summer session. I am moving to Oxford on May 28th, and I will probably take a few classes in the summer to get them out of the way. But most of it will be just adjusting to my new surroundings and training with the team."
When was the last time you were contacted by someone from the Ole Miss staff? "Today, right before you called. I talk to Coach (Ryan) Nielson almost every day. I like to call my coaches at least twice a week. I want to have a good relationship with all my coaches."
You came to Oxford for your Spring Break? "Yes sir."
What did you learn? "I just watched. I saw that the players love coach Orgeron. And I also saw that being a college student, you have to hit your books. There is no playing around. It is no walk in the park, that is for sure."
What are your goals for your freshman campaign? "I want to earn some playing time and have at least a 3.0 GPA. I also want to be a freshman all-american. I am looking to get my name in the papers and get some recognition. I am not going to Ole Miss to just play ball, I am going there to win championships and get the best education I can. That is how I feel about it."
What are your team goals? "I want us to make a name for ourselves. I want us to have best offense and defense in the SEC. We have to beat MSU, of course. I want people to know we are not playing any games anymore."
What can the Ole Miss fans expect from Jada as the player and the person? "Well, they can expect me to be a great spokesman for Ole Miss, both football and academically."
Are you more nervous or ready to make the transition you are about to make? "Both. I am ready to just go ahead and graduate. I am nervous about going somewhere new. A little of both."
Any rising seniors at your high school we need to keep an eye on? "Kody Algabody (#77). He plays DT for us. Florida, Georgia, everybody wants him."
What was the number one reason you choose Ole Miss? "The opportunity. It is just a great opportunity for me."