Fast-rising Brown gains Vols offer

Tennessee continues its hunt for premier student-athletes in the Peach State. The coaching staff found a sophomore defensive lineman worth offering this week. Read more.

It's never too early to place a scholarship offer on the table when the talent on the field and the academics off it project a special student-athlete.

It's with those traits in mind that Tennessee pulled the trigger on Derrick Brown, who is a Class of 2016 defensive lineman at Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, Ga.

"It's exciting knowing that more coaches are looking at me," Brown told InsideTennessee.

Among the many things the Vols staff sells recruits on is a 102,000-plus-seat Neyland Stadium and a brand new Anderson Training Center. The arena to showcase his talents and the modern means to engineer himself into a dynamic gridiron star are what stick out to Brown about Tennessee.

"Big-time athletics facilities," said Brown, who intends to see Knoxville either late this spring or summer.

Brown, who was also offered by Clemson on Tuesday, has already seen campuses at Auburn and Mississippi State (where parents attended). The lineman says his parents will be hands-off when it comes time to make a college declaration.

"I think at the end of the day, I'll make the decision," Brown told IT. "They're not really putting any pressure on me. They just want me to go wherever I fit in best."

The lead recruiter for the 6-foot-5, 276-pounder for Tennessee is running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"Very energetic on the phone," Brown said of the Vols assistant.

Possessing athleticism (plays basketball as well at Lanier High) and sheer size, Brown figures to be quite the load for offensive linemen as he develops. He says he has "burst off the ball, quick and can use my hands."

Getting better educated on his suitors figures to be a process that reconvenes in the coming months.

"I'll probably get out to a couple spring games and a couple junior days after basketball is done," Brown said.

Tennessee offered Trevon McSwain on Tuesday as well, who is a teammate of Brown's at Lanier.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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