Browns Suit UT's Style

Marlon Brown, of Memphis, has been at the top of Tennessee's most wanted list for the Class of 2009 since 2007, whereas, Justin Brown, of Wilmington, Del., has only been a UT target since May, still these big-play wide receivers from dissimilar locales have more in common than a last name.

Marlon Brown needs no introduction to Big Orange fans, the Harding Academy athlete is the state's consensus No. 1 prospect and the the state's only five-star prospect as well as the No. 3 ranked wide receiver prospect in the nation and No. 19 ranked prospect overall. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound pass catcher had 41 receptions for 861 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed the ball 58 times for 629 yards and 10 touchdowns. For the year Marlon averaged 15 yards per touch.

Justin Brown checks in at 6-foot-4 205 pounds, and has been credited with a 4.48 time in the 40. As a junior at Concord High School, Justin caught 19 passes for 556 yards and eight touchdowns. He recorded 33 tackles as a safety on defense and picked off three passes to earn All County first team honors at safety, wide receiver and punter. Justin was also named first-team All-State as a defensive back, second team as a wide receiver and third team as a punter. He averaged 25 yards per catch.

Among the many schools recruiting Brown are Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Virginia, Boston College, Missouri, South Carolina, Oregon, LSU and North Carolina. All of those colleges have offered him.

The four-star wide receiver is ranked No. 19 at his position nationally after being listed at No. 37 as late as May. He doesn't currently have a leader although he recently named North Carolina State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Penn State, Kentucky, South Carolina and Oregon as schools of strong interest.

When asked to describe his game by Jeff Ermann of TurtleSportsReport, Justin said: "I'm definitely a deep threat. I like to stretch the field. I like getting past guys and going out and making a big catch."

As good as Marlon Brown is, Justin Brown would make a great consolation prize for any team. Better still is the idea of teaming the Browns as a big-play tandem for the Big Orange offense. Justin has indicated his decision will come late, maybe even on signing day next February. He plans to take his official visits during the fall or after his senior season at Concord.

Justin has a reported 2.8 GPA and projects as a full qualifier. He says distance will not be a factor in his decision but a chance for early playing time was a significant factor.

It looks like the Brown Derby could get topsy-turvy with a couple of grand prizes and a lot more hats in the ring.

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