The first topic we touched on was how Brown felt after winning it all last season in the state championship game against a heavily favored Chester High squad. "It was a great experience. I have never felt like that in my life." Having won the title and returning many of their starters signs would point at a run to Death Valley in Clemson this season. Brown thinks the Tigers can get it done once again and finish at the home of the Clemson Tigers. "It's going to be a tough but the kind of team we have. We are going to repeat."
Brown took part in the Under Armour/Scout.com combine in Charlotte this May and it was his first combine experience. He wasn't thrilled with his performance there but has tested better since then after becoming more familiar with the testing drills. At 6'4 205 pounds he plays defensive end and linebacker for the Tigers of Wilson. Brown says his fastest time ever in the 40 is 4.62 seconds. He also benches 240 pounds and squats 320 pounds. That area has been a focus for Rodrea this offseason. "I've been working hard on trying to improve my strength and speed." (He also reports a recent 35.2 inch vertical as well.)
Last year was another stellar one for Brown as he put up some strong numbers for his squad. "I had 82 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 1 defensive touchdown, 2 forced fumbles, and 12 tackles for loss." His best performance came against one of the top teams in AA last year. "Yeah the Timberland game was my best. I had 16 tackles and 2 sacks."
With his senior season almost here Rodrea says he's looking forward to suiting it up soon and taking on Wilson's rivals Marlboro County. He's got a goal set for his final year on the prep gridiron as well. "I want to become more of a team leader and get at least 100 tackles and have 12 sacks."
Given his size and speed combination a number of schools remain in the mix in terms of actively recruiting Brown. "I'm hearing from Clemson, Maryland, Duke, Western Ketucky, Tennessee, Johnson C. Smith, and Liberty." In fact Brown already has his first offer on the table. "I have an offer from Johnson C. Smith. I'd say they are coming after me the hardest along with Clemson and Liberty. If I had to guess I'd say Liberty, Clemson, and Maryland would be the closest to offering me right now. At this point I'd have to say my favorites are Clemson, Liberty, Johnson C. Smith, and Maryland."
Brown says he'll take a close look at how comfortable he feels with each school's coaching staff and the possibility of early playing time when deciding on a school. Rodrea says he's scored an 1100 on the SAT and will be looking to continue to strengthen his standing in the classroom during his senior year.
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