Tackled Less Than He Scores

Cheraw High head football coach Johnny White is thinking about throwing the football a little more next season. The South Carolina 2-A state champions run a wishbone offense. Sophomore stud Travis Small rushed for over 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns. That being said, White would like to see receiver Jaron Brown get a some more touches.

The few opportunities Brown did get with the ball this past season, he showed why he will be one of the most sought after players in the state, in the 2008 recruiting class.

Jaron Brown caught 20 passes for 503 yards (25.2 avg.) and 13 touchdowns. He scored more times than he was tackled. Brown also returned three punts for scores, and had two others called back. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound homerun threat has scholarship offers from Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina, and most recently, Kentucky. Brown said Notre Dame is sending him about two letters a week.

"He's got good hands, got good size, his speed is probably in the 4.5 range, and he is elusive," White said. "There were some times we'd throw a five-yard stop route, and he would leave the guy in the dust. He kind of does it all."

Brown got an invitation to attend the Notre Dame-Michigan game last season, and was all set to go. Unfortunately, his uncle at the last minute wasn't able to take him up to South Bend.

"He didn't come through," Brown said. "I'll probably get to go to one this year."

Brown didn't see the Irish in person, but he watched them on television about every week. He has a strong interest in Notre Dame.

"I've heard a lot of good things about their program," Brown stated. He has a 3.3 GPA. "I like the style of their offense. My coaches tell me it's a good school. It's a school I could go to and further my education as well as play football."

Brown did make it to three Clemson games and two South Carolina games. He attended the Nike Camp last summer in Gainesville, Fla. He also went to the Georgia camp. He ran a 4.77 40-yard dash in Florida, and a 4.62 in Georgia. This year at school he ran a 4.59. Brown also bench presses 230 pounds and squats 350 pounds.

A two-way standout, colleges could look at Brown to help them out in the secondary. As the starting free safety, Brown racked up 95 tackles and had three interceptions.

"His ability to cover the field," White said of Brown's defensive strengths. "He can get from hash to hash pretty well. I think the one thing he would need to work on is his form tackling, that kind of thing. But there are certain plays he looks like a missile coming from nowhere to make plays. We asked him to do a lot, and he did a lot for us on both sides of the ball."

"I rather play offense, but I could play defense, it don't matter, wherever they need me at," Brown said.

Brown also plays a little cornerback against taller receivers.

Clemson was the first school to offer Brown. They discovered him when they came by a Cheraw practice to watch recruit Cliff Matthews, and saw Brown doing a little bit of everything. Matthews ended up signing with South Carolina.

"I owe Cliff one," Brown said with a laugh.

Brown also plays basketball, averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Last season he ran the third leg on the 4X100 relay team that finished third in the state.

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