Official visits are a main recruiting tool for every school, and Southern Miss certainly makes the most of getting potential players on campus. It was an official visit that sealed the deal for Brown, offensive tackle from ASA in Brooklyn, New York.
“Overall, my weekend went pretty good, it was a very solid visit,” he said. “It is a small and compact campus which I really like. It has a lot of history and football tradition. They showed me where they do the Eagle walk, and I was able to visit with people in academics as well.”
Brown plans to enroll in January, and he already has his academic courses mapped out.
“I met with some people in the criminal justice department,” he informed us. “That is what I am majoring in, and Southern Miss has one of the best in the country. I know that if I don’t make it to the highest level of football, I will still have a great degree to fall back on. I want to be a parole officer one day, and also I have three years to play. I want to go through and get a master’s, so I can start on that as well.”
Brown’s road to Southern Miss started in Miami, then up through Brooklyn, NY. He explained how he took this winding road that ends in Hattiesburg.
“I only played one year of High School football at Monsignor Pace in Miami, FL,” he said. “I played well and made an all-star game in Florida. I was fortunate to play with some top notch guys and that really helped me. I was struggling early in the process to get the ACT scores to qualify for Division One.
“I thought about just getting a job or trying to walk on somewhere because I really wanted to help my Mom out,” he continued. “Then, one of my coaches helped me get in at ASA in Brooklyn, NY. I got a full scholarship to come here, and that is how I ended up here.”
He already has been branded as a rare find. “At Southern Miss today they were calling me a ‘diamond in the rough,’ he said. “My career has been light, but I have really played well, so every time I get a chance I make the most of it.”
It was at ASA that his career really started to take off and Division One schools started to take notice. “I have only played one year at ASA, I redshirted last season as I was behind a tackle who signed D1,” he said. “I took a back seat and learned a lot from him. My offensive line coach was great too, and I really developed last season.
“This past season I really had a great season. I played both left and right tackle, and I also made all conference this season. I played in an all American game as well.”
“Southern Miss found out about me through one of my coaches here at ASA,” he said. “I was having a solid season, and I sent a highlight tape, Coach got in touch with them, and they saw me play and liked what they saw and they offered me.”
So, what can Southern Miss fans expect to see from the huge offensive tackle?
“My demeanor is strength of mine,” he said. “I have a bit of a mean streak, and I am very athletic. I am fast and light on my feet. Just me being an overall team player is very important to me. I was taught early on that it is never about you, it is about a team.”
He is also quick to give credit where credit is due. “If anyone asks me who I want to thank, it all goes to God,” he said. “Every morning I get up I realize how blessed I am and thank him for everything that I have.”
He ended the interview by adding more reasons that he decided to land with the Eagles. “Another reason why I decided to commit because everyone is so tight,” he said. “I loved Hattiesburg, everyone seemed to know everybody, and the team just had a family atmosphere that I loved. I realized I’ll be welcome with open arms here, and even if football doesn’t work out, I’ll be really happy about where I went to school.”
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