A long journey is about to come full circle for one University of Tennessee commitment.
In a new feature provided by InsideTennessee.com, we are taking a look at the University of Tennessee's commitments through the eyes of their coaches.
Veteran junior college coach and Northeast Mississippi's defensive coordinator Brad Boyette has had his share of top flight players over the years. Coach Boyette has been impressed with Brown's work ethic and talents on the gridiron.
"John is playing pretty good for us right now," Coach Boyette explained. "He came in ready to go. He transferred to us this summer, anytime you get a young man that comes in from a D1 program; he is much farther ahead than most players coming out of high school."
Brown was rated a five star defender by most services coming out of high school, the talented defender mentioned his relationship with Tennessee's defensive line coach Ed Orgeron as one of the deciding factors why he chose the Volunteers.
"Coach O has been recruiting me for years," Brown said in a previous interview. "He is the type of coach that doesn't take no for an answer. Now he doesn't have to."
One thing that has impressed Coach Boyette about Brown is his work ethic.
"His practice habits are incredible," Boyette said. "He is a tremendous practice player, he also loves to turn it on when its game time."
According to Coach Boyette, Brown is on track in the classroom but will have to spend a year in Booneville due to the 4-2-4 transfer rule.
"He has to spend a year residency here," Boyette said. "He is doing really well in the classroom. He is much farther ahead than most both on the field and in the classroom. It's all about his maturity level. He is focused on getting back to the SEC."
Boyette feels that Brown's drive has a lot to do with wanting to get back to D1 football.
"He's been there," Boyette said. "He knows what it's about. He is the first one to all of his position meetings, the first one to study hall. He does all the little things right."
Brown was clocked this summer by the Northeast coaching staff.
"He ran a 4.9 forty on grass," Boyette confirmed. "He is so athletic. He is going to make Tennessee a great player. UT and Coach Orgeron is all he talks about, I would say he is firmly committed to them."
Brown will have two year eligibility left at Rocky Top.
"He is such a great young man," Brown said. "He is really quiet off the field; he is different once he puts that helmet on."
Brown is currently rated as a four star prospect by Scout.com.