Andre Brown ended his high school career in style. The 6-1, 205 pound tailback has cemented his rating as one of the top tailbacks in the country. He led JH Rose (Greenville, NC) to a 4A state championship, captured Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of North Carolina, and was offensive MVP in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl.
“I’m a little bit surprised at my season,” Brown said. “I mean, I just wanted to reach the goals I set for myself, and I knew if I did that everything else would take care of itself. I didn’t know I would be getting this much though.”
As a senior, he rushed for an exceptional 3,479 yards, breaking the NC single-season rushing mark. He added 122 yards on 16 carries and a score in North Carolina’s 21-12 defeat of South Carolina in last weekend’s Shrine Bowl.
With his high school football career complete, Brown will now look towards determining which school he will attend for the next four years. The likely candidates are Virginia and NC State, with West Virginia in the mix but behind both of those programs.
“Everything’s still the same,” Brown said of his recruitment. “Virginia is 1A and NC State is 1B for me. I have an official visit to NC State for January 9th. I have one to West Virginia the week after that, but I’m not sure if I’ll take it. I might decide after NC State.”
In terms of a final factor in making his decision, Brown says he will decide “where I feel the most comfortable.” Having already made an official visit to UVA, Brown noted the top positives in the Cavaliers’ favor at this point.
“Virginia is just so down-to-earth,” Brown said when asked what he likes most about the program. “I don’t know why, but I just felt comfortable there.”
As a resident in the state of North Carolina, Brown acknowledged there is some pressure to stay in-state. It does not appear that will have any effect on his decision.
“Everyone from North Carolina always tells me I should stay in North Carolina,” Brown said. “But I’m not from here, so it doesn’t matter. I’m originally from Baltimore. My mom lives there now.”
Brown indicated that Virginia has an edge in terms of his mother’s preference.
“My mom likes Virginia,”...
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