Everette Brown played his first two seasons (his freshman and sophomore years) of varsity football at the defensive end position. With teams consistently running away from the standout end’s side of the field at the beginning of his junior season, Beddingfield (Wilson, NC) Head Coach Joe Nelson decided to move Brown to middle linebacker.
The move would pay off. Brown tallied 106 tackles last season, including seven quarterback sacks. With an excellent season, Brown showed his versatility and overall ability to play the game by being extremely effective at a new position.
“Everette played defensive end his freshman and sophomore seasons and even two games his junior season, but teams kept running away from him so we moved him to middle linebacker last season,” Nelson said. “Defensively, he runs very well. He’s a 4.6 40 guy. He runs really fast sideline to sideline. He’s a tenacious player. If there is one thing every coach says when they come in, it’s that he plays hard every play.”
Offensively, Brown is a solid tight end prospect. He made 24 catches for close to 400 yards. Coach Nelson says of Brown, “he’s only played tight end a couple of years, but he’s become a real good blocker and he’s got good hands.”
While he is an effective tight end and middle linebacker, Brown’s favorite position remains defensive end. The schools recruiting him, which are many, are happy to fulfill his request. Most programs like the 6-3 (but close to 6-4 according to his coach), 230 pound prospect as a rush defensive end on the next level.
An impressive list of schools have already offered official scholarships. They include Florida State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Tennessee, Kansas State, UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and most recently, Maryland. Brown is enjoying the recruiting process so far, especially seeing so many coaches make their way to Beddingfield High School.
“I’m really impressed with all of the coaches,” Brown said. “Everything is really interesting to me. I’m actually kind of overwhelmed by it all. It’s a dream come true. I can get a free education somewhere and play football at a high level. It means a lot to me, but I think it means more to my parents.”
This summer, Brown plans on heading out to many one-day camps and taking several unofficial visits. Seeing as many schools as possible will, he hopes, help him narrow his list before the start of next season.
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