Longtime track and football coach David Pratt, in his fourth year at Hanahan High School (S.C.), calls senior Chris Brown the best athlete he has ever coached. This includes former Notre Dame quarterback Tony Rice, who led the Irish to a national championship in 1988. So certainly, the 6’2″, 170-pound Hanahan standout is in good company
“I coached Tony up in Spartanburg,” said Pratt, Hanahan’s varsity track head coach and varsity football defensive line coach. “Tony was a great athlete too. Chris is a better athlete than Tony. Tony was fast too, and maybe stronger, but as an overall athlete who can run and jump and do all those things, Chris is the better athlete.”
In track last season, Brown established a state record in the triple jump. He was state champion in the triple jump and long jump, and he was a member of the state champion 4X100 relay team. Brown finished second in the state in the 200 meters.
“He’s blessed, but he works hard,” Pratt said of Brown. “He improved every year because he worked hard in the weight room. I think he has done a good job in our weight program.
“In football he has played on the varsity level since his sophomore year. I thought he’d be a decent payer. He needed to get stronger and tougher, and that’s where I give him a lot of credit there for getting in the weight room. He has developed.”
Brown has potential on either side of the ball on the next level. He plays wide receiver and cornerback at Hanahan, but Pratt believes the star senior’s future is probably on offense.
“He can separate and he can go up and get it,” Pratt said. “I wouldn’t say he can go up and get it like an A.J. Green, but he does have good hands and ball skills. He plays defense for us too. And special teams. When he was healthy, he never left the field.”
Brown has been sidelined with a broken collarbone since Hanahan’s second game of the 2011 season. In game one, Pratt estimates that Brown had eight or nine receptions and an interception. In the second, Brown had a touchdown before being injured midway through the contest. The athletic standout is hopeful for a return.
“I feel real good right now,”...
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