WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With a rash of injuries infecting the young group of Demon Deacon wide receivers, Southwest Guilford (N.C.) product Jeremiah Brown got a last-minute opportunity he wasn’t counting on — a chance to enroll at Wake Forest early and get a jump-start on his collegiate career.
“He put on some weight and got accustomed to college football, and the academics,” Southwest Guilford coach Eric Rainey said. “His comfort level was really high going into the fall, so it was very beneficial for him to go in. It started with him being a solid high school student, and then his incredible work ethic.”
Brown caught 82 passes for 1,400 yards and 13 scores during his time with Rainey’s Cowboys, and earned all-state honors in track and field.
"They got a tremendous player and a tremendous young man. I’m thrilled for him. I’ve been out to see him practice and play over there,” Rainey said. “They’re really pleased with him, and he’s doing well in the classroom. He’s a good student and has worked really hard.
“I saw some footage from practice, and he’s catching the deep ball very well — doing the same thing he did here, going up and getting the ball. I’m excited about him and his future. He’s a great kid.”
Rainey said Brown and his parents are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for him, whether or not he contributes on the field this season.
“I think he’d be happy to play, but he’s also going to be happy to redshirt, because that’s going to give him another year to get bigger, faster and stronger,” Rainey said. “He enjoys his teammates and he enjoys the coaching staff.”
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said Brown’s work ethic is going to help him find success at this level.
“He’s still a work in progress. He’s improving and working hard at it,” Clawson said. “If that JUGS machine is going during practice or even after it late at night, If I go over there, it’s a good chance it’s Jeremiah and Malik Grate catching balls.”