Player Spotlight: John Brown lll

Recruiting is picking up for John Brown III after a strong showing during his junior season at Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, N.C. The Falcons went 3-8 for the 2011 season, but Brown rushed for 860 yards on 132 carries to average 6.5 yards-per-carry in his second year as a starter. He visited Wake Forest a couple of times this season.

"It went OK, but it was kind of a rough season," said John Brown III. "I think I did pretty good in improving my vision, quickness, and footwork. I had over 1,000 all-purpose yards. I handled the kickoff and punt returns and caught a few passes out of the backfield."

During the season Brown did enjoy heading out on Saturdays to attend a few college games. Although he hasn't received an offer yet, he's been hearing from quite a few interested programs.

"I've been to games at N.C. State, Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, and Elon," Brown said. "Appalachian State and Virginia Commonwealth have invited me, and I'm going to try to get up there before the season is over."

There are two in-state programs, Wake Forest and UNC-Chapel Hill, that are showing Brown the most attention at this time. He thinks they could be close to extending an offer.

"I've been to Wake Forest twice for games," said Brown. "I was there when they played Gardner-Webb and then for Virginia Tech.

"I liked it a lot. It seems like a real nice place to go to school. The whole team seems like a family. They play well together as a team. I know a couple of guys up there from Durham who played in our conference, A.J. Marshall and Sherman Ragland."

Brown, 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, attended Wake Forest's camp during the summer. He impressed on both sides of the ball at running back and cornerback and has kept in touch with the staff ever since. Steve Russ, the secondary coach, is his recruiter. At UNC, Brown is recruited by running backs coach, Ken Browning.

"T.J. Thorpe played last year at my high school," said Brown. "He's doing pretty good (at UNC) as a freshman. I'm not sure about an offer yet. Coach Browning said to come up for Junior Day and he'd know more then."

Brown received some big news last Friday in the form of an invitation to the U.S. Army Combine in January.

"I was very excited," Brown said on the invitation. "It's a prestigious event. I'm training hard to do well in the event like the 40, the shuttle, and one-on-one drills. I'm trying to tighten my footwork and go out there and show what I got."

The Falcons did well in their last regular season game with Riverside. Brown scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and finished with 103 rushing yards on 13 carries in the 42-21 win. He hoping it was a precursor of things to come.

"A state championship is always going to be the goal for a senior," said Brown. "We're going to try and get back to the playoffs and get that done. My goal is to break the school record for rushing yards."

Brown said his best time in the 40 is a 4.31 he ran with his personal trainer. He reports a 3.7 GPA at Charles E. Jordan. His best game may have been his 166 rushing effort in week two against Raleigh Enloe. Browns wears No. 20 for the Falcons.

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