The Cherokee running back and free safety has attracted followers from several Division I programs since picking up his first scholarship offer from Central Florida on May 8.
Brown, a rising junior, has been offered scholarships to play at each of his offensive and defensive positions. He also is a kick returner for the Warriors.
Since the first offer, Brown has added others from Nebraska, Clemson, Mississippi, Minnesota and Georgia Tech. He has also worked out in camps at Penn State and Vanderbilt, while Miami (Fla.) and Navy have also shown interest. He will also be one of a select group of players at an upcoming camp at Georgia.
All the while, Brown’s stock has been rising with the talent-ranking organizations.
Scout currently lists him as a three-star recruit, while 247 Sports and ESPN each list him as a four-star free safety. According to 247 Sports, he’s ranked 132th overall and eighth at his position for the class of 2016, while ESPN ranks him 116th for all juniors and 15th in Georgia. Brown also cracks the ESPN list as the No. 11 running back, while also being a four-star free safety.
The college attention found Brown rather suddenly.
It started in the early spring with an invite to an MVP camp conducted by 247 Sports. An invite to a Nike Sparq Camp, where athletes are evaluated in 40-yard dash, kneeling power ball toss, vertical jump and agility, followed.
“He went to that and his Sparq rating was 106, which, for a while, was top-30 in the entire country,” Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said. “It was top-10 in his age group for upcoming juniors. That got him on the map.”
With Brown’s highlight video already online and being sent out to schools, the attention snowballed.
“In recruiting, it’s all about the Joneses,” Shaw said. “If one school offered him, another doesn’t want to miss out so they offer him.”
On Saturday, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Brown participated in a Rivals250 event. The Cherokee football team was in the midst of the National Select 7-on-7 qualifier at Lassiter, but Shaw gave Brown his blessing to travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for the elite one-day combine for underclassmen.
A good showing could lead to Brown receiving a higher recruiting rating from Rivals. More than 30 running backs from around the nation were on the roster to attend the combine.
“One of the reasons that I was excited for him to go to this event is because, the more exposure he gets, the more exposure it brings to Cherokee High School and the rest of our players,” Shaw said. “I am very supportive of it, and we are excited about it. Hopefully, he puts it together for us this offseason.”
Before the combine, Rivals listed Brown’s maximum bench-press at 280 pounds and squat at 500. He’s listed with a vertical leap of 38 inches and a 40-yard dash time of 4.67 seconds.
What makes Brown’s rise impressive is that he’s only a rising junior and has more than a year before National Signing Day for the class of 2016.
Shaw has always seen something special in Brown, who is believed to be the only freshman to earn a starting spot on Cherokee’s varsity roster in the program’s long history.
“It’s only the second time in my career that I have had that talented of a player,” Shaw said. “It’s exciting.”
As a sophomore, Brown led the county and Region 5AAAAAA in touchdowns and was named all-county and all-region at the end of the season. He hopes to following in the footsteps of his older brother, Blace, who is now playing at Troy, by being named to the all-state team.
Shaw said Brittain Brown recently had the cast removed from his hand following a ligament tear in his thumb and has had a great offseason.
“He was in a cast for the first six weeks of the summer, but he looked pretty good (Thursday) morning, so we are excited to see what he can do,” Shaw said.
Brown was born in Charlottesville, Va., but moved to Georgia in the second grade — the same year he began playing football. He said he likes to lead by example.
“I set examples on the field by getting to practice early, listening to coaches and always giving maximum effort on every drill,” Brown said. “I like to be first and show my teammates what it takes to be the best. I don’t slack off in practice, and I participate like we are in a real game all the time. Off the field, I lead by doing the right thing all the time and representing my school and team at various events.”
While Brown is a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, he said more than football will factor into his college decision-making.
“I have always had great grades and wanted to challenge myself in the most advanced classes by taking honors and AP coursework,” Brown said.
He would, one day, like to be an engineer and work in a technological field.
“I have always been fascinated with gadgets and how they work,” Brown said. “I never stop learning and being curious.”
For now, Brown is aiming to keep the smile on the face of his coach and teammates. Shaw said it isn’t hard to keep smiling when he remembers that Brown will be around for this season and the next.
“I’m excited that he plays for us and not anybody else. That’s for sure,” Shaw said. “He is such a blessing to coach. He is a pleasurable kid to be around and a fun kid to be around. He works so hard, and I’m glad the exposure and notoriety is happening to such a great kid. He are going to ride his shoulders.”