It's hard to overlook Terrell Brown.
His measurables are off the charts. A massive offensive tackle from Drew, Miss., Brown stands 6-foot-11 and weighs in at 389 pounds. He split time between left and right tackle for Class 1A Drew High School, while manning various positions along the Eagle defensive line.
However, while large in stature, Brown is a relative unknown on the recruiting trail. His profile is virtually bare, with little in terms of accomplishments and star rankings. Other than Ole Miss, Brown has received limited interest from prospective college institutions.
"I've only been playing football since my junior year of high school," said Brown Sunday of his rather quiet recruitment. "I also played some middle school ball. For a while, I had a fear to play. I didn't know how football was going to be, so I didn't try. But one day my cousin came and asked me to come to practice. I liked it."
Though large in stature, Brown is somewhat of a gentle giant. He's a gifted artist and isn't shy when sharing his love of drawing. Actually, it was his primary focus throughout high school.
To Brown, football was never really an option. But once he decided to trade in pencil and paper for a pair of cleats, a projected D-1 lineman was born.
"Offensive tackle is probably my best position. I'm really good at pass protection," Brown said when ask to describe his game. "I still need to work on my basics and stuff like that. The school I was at, we weren't strong on weight lifting. But I can bench around 400 (pounds). I'm fast, too. I'm not slow."
Ole Miss is no stranger to projects with great potential.
Stacy Andrews, now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, had never played football until his senior year at Ole Miss. Before being drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrews competed for Joe Walker and the Ole Miss track and field team as a thrower.
Fast-forward six years later and the Rebels have stumbled upon a similar athlete in Brown. Brown tripped to Oxford over the weekend for his only official visit, and came away impressed with what he saw.
"It was great," he said. "I saw a lot of stuff I like. Really, there was nothing I didn't like. The people there are really nice. I shook a lot of hands and met a lot of people. The experience was great. I learned a lot of stuff."
Brown has been offered the opportunity to walk-on at Ole Miss. Though Mississippi State and an unspecified Division II school have shown late interest, Brown said he is leaning towards accepting the offer.
"(Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt basically said they'd really like to have me there," said Brown. "He said they'd take care of me if I come up there. I'll get my schooling. I really like that."
While on campus, Brown toured the weight and locker rooms, as well as Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Other stops included freshman dorms and the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center which, as Brown says, "blew his mind."
"I went to summer camp at Ole Miss, so I had seen the campus. But I didn't know much of anything. I had never visited (unofficially) or anything," he said. "I learned a lot of statistics that blew my mind. I didn't know Ole Miss was known like that. They're ranked like Top 10 in the country in graduation rate or something like that. I was really impressed with the academic side of things. I loved their tutoring program. They keep you on track."
Brown was hosted by sophomore offensive lineman A.J. Hawkins.
"He broke everything down for me. He basically sold me on the idea (of walking on). He told me how Ole Miss makes sure you stay on track with your academics."
Though his academic standing is currently unknown, Brown said he is working at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, Miss to "get my grades in order." If he chooses Ole Miss, he expects to arrive later in the summer.
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