Brown Focused, Determined at Hargrave

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Almost one month into his Hargrave experience, Philip Brown continues to make the most of his opportunity.

After signing with Virginia in February of 2003, the 5-11, 185 pound cornerback withdrew from Phoebus to enroll in Fork Union Military Academy. He withdrew from Fork Union a few weeks later, re-emerging at Heritage High School. There, he took Algebra and English over the summer and received A’s in both courses.

His focus sharper than ever, Brown is making the most of his Hargrave experience.

“I wish I was here a long time ago, and I’m just trying to make the most of it right now,” said Brown. “I’m just in a good situation. I’m glad that I was able to get a second chance. Coach Prunty and all the coaches have really pushed me and I’m definitely a better player than I was in high school. I’m just happy to be here, getting my academics squared away. I’ve been really focused on that. Whenever I’m not practicing, I’m studying. Whenever I’m not studying, I’m practicing.”

Brown admits he made mistakes in the past. He is working hard for a brighter future not only for himself, but for his one-year-old son, Tavion.

“I’m 18 now… I’m grown up and I have a little son,” said Brown. “He just turned one last month. So it’s like I have a whole different perspective on everything now. Before, I guess I was a little selfish and everything was about me but now, I have a little man to think about. He’s my motivation. Everyday I wake up I strive to be the best in every situation. I ask myself why am I here, and obviously I made some mistakes but I’m just trying to correct them.”

Hargrave Head Coach Robert Prunty’s disciplined style of coaching has made a significant influence on Brown. Prunty is a big part of Brown’s resurgence.

“Coach Prunty opens his door to me 24 hours a day,” said Brown. “He’s stern but he’s fair. It’s not a situation where he sugarcoats everything or plays favoritism. When I first got here, during the first practice I was out of shape and he told me, ‘boy, you are out of shape.’ He straight told me how it was. But now I’m coming in first in all of the sprints He really pushes me and I’m glad to have somebody like that in my corner.”

The Virginia staff has also supported Brown throughout this process. Brown,