Today's game has evolved and certain coaches have taking a liking to large wide receivers to take advantage of their height and leaping ability. With former Calhoun County star and current South Carolina standout Alshon Jeffrey is an All-American caliber talent for the in-state program. Other schools are employing the same tactic of having at least one or more wideouts who tower over almost helpless defensive backs.
2012 Mauldin wide receiver A.J. Brown is one of those tall wide receivers at 6'5 and he's come into his own as a senior for the Mavericks. Although Mauldin doesn't employ a heavy passing attack they started the season off targeting him at a high rate.
Through the first 4 games Brown had 13 receptions, 7 touchdowns, and over 180 yards. Fumble recovery for touchdown on punt return cause of mishandled snap.
"My best game this year I would have to say was against Boiling Springs. Even though we lost I was chosen as captain, and that really just added to it to go out there and give the extra effort to help push my team."
So far Brown has heard from a number of schools after attending camps.
"I've heard from Wingate, Coastal Carolina, Tennessee State, and Clemson."
The Tigers really liked what they saw in Brown while he was camping with them.
"They said that I was a quick learner, and I also got moved up into the senior group even though I was a rising junior by the Clemson receiving coach."
"Right now my catching ability, body control, and speed are my biggest strengths."
"I'd like to get better at my route running and release off of press coverage."
Brown says he holds a 3.0 GPA in the classroom currently and has already taken the SAT and is awaiting the test scores. With it late in the recruiting process he's hoping his blend of size, speed, and smarts will entice more schools to start showing a more intense interest in him.
Athletics won't be the primary factor in his decision making process though he says.
"I will look real closely at how they rank in the field I plan to major in."