I get a vibe from time to time, not very often, about particular prospects every year or two. Two years ago it was 2011 wide receiver Hakeem Flowers that we introduced first to the world and 40+ offers later he was one of the most sought after players in the country. Last year we got a similar vibe about 2012 Hanahan wide receiver Chris Brown. Like Flowers, we told Brown that we had a feeling he'd "blow up" fairly soon. Well soon is here and Brown's recruitment is ready to jump to the next level.
Last week Notre Dame said they were offering Brown and the 6'3 175 pound prospect had some good news heading into the weekend. Over the weekend though Brown competed in the state track and field championships at Spring Valley High School. What he did there will go down in the record books and in the memories of many who were in attendance.
An excited Brown shot me a text during the state championships to give me some of the good news.
"I just won the 4x100m with my team and I won the long jump."
Brown's 4x100 relay team finished with a time of 42.18 seconds while he long jumped 23 feet 9 inches to win state titles in those events.
The Hanahan star forgot that he placed second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.9 seconds. Maybe because Brown was just getting warmed up as he prepared to put the icing on the cake later on.
With a leap of 51 feet 2 1/2 inches in the triple jump Brown broke a state record that had stood since 1978 (Ernest Marvin, Spring Valley HS 50 feet 6 inches). The mark was not only a state record but it is currently the #1 mark in the country this year amongst high school athletes.
The Hanahan track and field team won the overall state title with 107.5 points while second place Bishop England HS finished with 60 points.
Fast forward back to today, Monday.
Brown already having an epic weekend winning a state title and breaking a state record got even more news to make him smile.
"I just got offered by Virginia Tech. They came by this morning and offered. Coach Charley Wiles came and offered me." Brown said.
The Hokies weren't the only school to come calling either Brown says.
More schools have already informed Brown that they'll be by later this week to see him too.
"I know Maryland is coming Wednesday they said, there's a lot more coming too."
The excited Brown also says things are progressing very nicely on the academic side of things. He shared his grades off the record and college coaches will definitely smile when seeing that transcript. He says he will be taking the SAT for the first time June 4th and plans on taking it multiple times to achieve his best possible score.
He'll also continue to train for both football and track and field. Brown says he'll continue his rigorous workouts to help improve his already low time of 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash but he's also preparing to head to the U.S. Olympic Junior Nationals for track and field in July.
For Brown the hard work has paid off as he heads towards the last few weeks of his junior year. He's a state champion, appears set on possibly being a national champion in the triple jump, has landed high major football offers, and last but certainly not least, he's shining as a well rounded student athlete.
To that we say, a job well done Mr. Brown.