Brown was chosen as a running back, though he also plays safety for the Warriors.
Brown had a breakout sophomore season in 2013. He carried the ball 107 times for 607 yards and eight touchdowns, and he caught 22 passes for 216 yards and another score. When a defensive touchdown is added in, he accounted for a team-best 60 points.
Brown’s defensive numbers were also impressive. He made 24 tackles — 17 solo —intercepted one pass and broke up two more.
Cherokee coach Josh Shaw posted a highlight video of Brown on popular recruiting sites, as he does with a lot of his players.
“It was just the recruiting video that we send out to all the colleges,” Shaw said. “We made them for a lot of the kids. We just figured we would put it on some of the scouting websites, too.”
Brown attended a couple of early-summer camps, and it wasn’t long before college coaches started noticing Brown.
So far, he has drawn the interest of more than a dozen major-college programs, and has received scholarships offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska and Central Florida. Shaw said he was also treated to visits from college coaches during Cherokee’s spring practice, which not only helped build Brown’s reputation, but that of the entire Warrior program.
“He’s a great player, and I’ve said that since he was a ninth-grader,” Shaw said. “I’ve only had two other kids in my 14 years of coaching that have gotten this kind of attention at this young age. It’s great for our program, and it has helped a couple of other kids on our team get exposure. It’s been a big thing.”
At 16, Brown is just over 6 feet tall and has added weight since last season, bringing him to just over 190 pounds. Shaw said Brown still has room to grow, which would be an upside for a college team.
“He has all of the physical attributes,” Shaw said. “When you see him now, he is a lot bigger than he was last year for us. He really hit a growth spurt and filled out this offseason, probably in the last six or seven months. Physically, he is a lot bigger and stronger.”
Shaw said Brown is handling the process well. Recent changes to NCAA recruiting rules limit the times coaches can call players and prevent them from sending intrusive text messages.
Brown can also follow the path set by his older brother, senior Blace. Blace Brown has signed to play at Troy next fall.
“I’ve been around some kids that let the whole recruiting process go to their head, but he’s a little bit younger, and offers are coming earlier and earlier,” Shaw said of Brittain. “He is handling it well so far. Several years ago, I had kids that were getting texted at 5 a.m. by college coaches, but it isn’t that way anymore. It doesn’t wear them out the way it may be used to.”
This summer, Brown is going to attend a few camps put on by colleges that he is particularly interested in. While he can’t sign with a college until February 2016, he can make a verbal commitment before that time.
“He has a long way to go,” Shaw said. “He’s only going into his junior year, so he has another 18 months of this. I am excited he is playing for us and not someone else.”
Shaw plans to make the most of Brown, playing him for the entire game in most cases.
“There aren’t many athletes like him that have come through this county, and when they are on your team, you better take full advantage of them,” Shaw said.