Vols Eye Another Brown

You've bemoaned the migration of Memphis Harding wide receiver Marlon Brown to Georgia, you've salivated at the mere mention of No. 1 running back Bryce Brown attired in orange next fall and now you can thrill at the notion of a 2010 Tennessee offense armed with Corey Brown — an uber athlete from the Keystone State with multiple application and a scintillating skill set.

Listed at 6-foot-1, 187 pounds with a consistent 4.45-second clocking in the 40 and a personal best of 4.39, the latest Brown of big-play renown can be launched from the backfield, on the wing, in the slot, split wide or in motion, as he did for Cardinal O'Hara High School, Springfield, Pa., the last two seasons.

He's also lightening ready to strike when he backs up on a punt or runs under a kickoff. He's equally dangerous on defense with his ability to flash, snatch and dash for six.

Brown exhibited an entire array of explosive excellence in the 2008 season opener against Archbishop Carroll, running for 173 yards on only nine carries (19.2 yard average) with touchdowns on runs of 38 and 80 yards. He also returned a punt 67 yards for a TD in the 35-0 romp. If you don't have a calculator handy that's 240 yards and three touchdowns in 10 touches.

A week later against Germantown, Brown took the first play from scrimmage for a 62-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead 29 seconds into the contest. The very next offensive possession he caught a five-yard TD pass to put the Lions up 13-0 in the first 2:30 of the game as they rolled to a 53-12 victory. Brown's final line was 149 yards in seven carries and two touchdowns. He also had TD catches of five, 10 and 38 yards. For good measure he intercepted a pass in the end zone. All that production was condensed into two quarters and one second-half possession.

On the third play of game five, Brown's season took an unexpected twist when he intercepted a pass and had his leg rolled up on the tackle by a trailing blocker. He jumped up and jogged off the field, but wouldn't return except for a cameo role in the season finale, as he would spend the rest of the season rehabbing a sprained knee. At that point he had led the Lions to a 4-0 record running for 565 yards and eight touchdowns on 56 carries with eight touchdowns. He added eight receptions for 100 yards and three TDs.

Brown is back to 100 percent now and aiming for a big senior campaign for the Lions. He reports a 240-pound bench press and a 370-pound squat along with an outstanding 37-inch vertical. He could play either side of the ball at the next level and seems more interested in playing time than position. He was also credited with having one of the strongest passing arm at the O'Hara roster that featured Tom Savage, the Class of 2009's No. 11 ranked QB who signed with Rutgers, but was also recruited by Tennessee.

There are prospectors aplenty for this versatile four-star talent, who projects as a top 15 running back, top 25 DB and top five athlete, including Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Corey Brown doesn't yet have the five-star status of a Marlon or Bryce, but being a four-star prospect at five positions is just as good as being a five-star prospect at one.

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