For the Virginia Cavaliers, having Philip Brown qualify academically is a big need.
Fortunately for the Hoos, Brown, a four-star cornerback who is 5-11, 190 pounds, had some good news at today’s Hargrave Military combine.
“I’m qualified,” he reported. “I needed an 830 [on the SATs], and I scored an 850. And I just took it again.”
Getting an 850 was the least of Brown’s accomplishments. He ran a hand-timed 4.29 forty at the combine, which is also nice, but his biggest achievements came in the classroom this past semester.
“This semester I made the dean’s list,” he told us, “and my grades have been tremendous this year. The support that I’ve received from the [Hargrave] coaches has meant a lot. My confidence is so high right now.”
So Brown is qualified, but he won’t be headed to UVa in January. Some Hargrave recruits will be leaving for their respective schools in January of 2004, but Brown, who didn’t graduate from Phoebus High School before enrolling at Hargrave, says, “I’ll probably enroll in the fall [of 2004], because I have to graduate first.”
So he’s still going to sign with UVa? “All the way. Right now, if you cut me, I’ll probably bleed orange and blue. Coach Groh has really turned the program around. The next four or five years will be exciting.”
Cornerback is a need for the Cavaliers, particularly a shutdown corner like Brown. Virginia doesn’t plan on redshirting him when he arrives on the Grounds. “The coaches at Virginia have basically told me this [year at Hargrave] is my redshirt year, and I’ll have a chance to play early.”
Brown is taking his official visit to Virginia this coming weekend, and he talked about how his season went. “This year went real well. I was satisfied overall with my play, but I didn’t get a lot of action. Teams didn’t come my way. This year I’ve become more physical.”
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