DeAndre In Demand

In a 2008 class loaded with outstanding wide receivers, DeAndre Brown of Ocean Springs, Miss., casts a very long shadow.

Checking in at an imposing 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, he presents a big target and has the type of mega mitts that engulf the football while muffling the sound of hide hitting skin. He's a basketball player for Ocean Spring High, averaging 18 points and 10 boards per game. He's a Mississippi sprint champion in the 200 meters, and a designated runner on the Greyhounds' baseball team.

"His presence on the field has been big for us," said OSHS head coach Mangum said in a Clarion Ledger story. "He can do everything. Return punts, kickoffs, catch TD's. He has even thrown a couple of touchdowns here."

Brown paced the Greyhounds to the Class-5A state title game as a junior, catching in 21 passes for 348 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned three kicks for scores, rushed for 300 yards and two TDs off direct snaps. He even threw a touchdown pass to earn second-team all-state honors.

Brown, who was the first freshman to start at Ocean Springs in five years, saw mostly single coverage as a sophomore and caught 39 passes for 700 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging nearly 18 yards per reception.

"I can catch the ball in tight spaces," Brown told's Steve Robertson. "If a situation comes up and a big play is needed, you can count on me. I am ready to work and do whatever I have to do to help my team."

Brown is more of a long strider (22.1 in the 200m) than he is a blue blazer, but his combination of size, speed (4.5) core strength and leaping ability (35-inch vertical) makes him a viable deep threat. He can also line up in the slot and exploit the center of the secondary where safeties often crowd the line in run support. He's an excellent option in the red zone and a very good blocker. In short: he's the type of walking mismatch that keeps defensive coordinators up at night.

Naturally, there are plenty of offensive coordinators dreaming of adding a player of Brown's caliber to their arsenal. He has drawn comparisons to Nashville native and USC receiver Patrick Turner.

Tennessee's coaching staff is so sold on Brown's potential. The Vols extended an offer last September. He also has offers from LSU, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Auburn, Michigan, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Marshall.

Brown is a solid student with a 3.3 GPA and he devotes his spare time to mentoring children in his community. Asked by IrishEyes Steven Wiltfong why he was so involved, Brown said:

"For the simple fact I love kids and anything I can do for the community, because they've given me so much courage and help during my three years of playing varsity football. Basically, I tell them hard work all the time, don't do drugs, keep your grades up."

DeAndre Brown is a prospect worth pursuing, and a name worth remembering.

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