Noah Brown , a rising senior at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, New Jersey, has scored nine major FBS scholarship offers. Boston College, Rutgers, and Temple came within a 2-day span last summer (BC was the first to offer, followed quickly by Temple later the same day), and since then the 6’2″, 212-pound prospect has added Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and West Virginia to his offer list.
“It feels good,” Brown said of his recruiting success. “I put in a lot of hard work in the offseason. It definitely feels good for it to pay off.”
Brown, who will be a 4-year member of the varsity squad, didn’t see much action in either of his first two seasons. As a freshman, the talented athlete was primarily a back-up running back. He did, however, get the starting nod at free safety during Pope John’s state playoff run.
“It was definitely exciting,” Brown said of the opportunity to start as a freshman during the state playoffs. “It was a lot to handle as a freshman, but I believe I handled it well.”
Brown missed most of his sophomore season due to broken ribs and a punctured lung. After suffering the injury in Pope John’s 2011 season opener, he missed seven straight games before returning for the regular season finale. Brown was outstanding in his return, scoring two touchdowns including a 33-yard touchdown reception in the contest. He had three receptions of 22 yards or more in the game, and he also had a 63-yard kick-off return.
Brown enjoyed a healthy 2012 campaign in which he totaled 1,400 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns. Additionally, he returned four of eight kick-offs for scores. A dynamic athlete on the offensive side of the ball, Brown has some schools thinking running back and others thinking receiver. Virginia Tech is recruiting him as a wide receiver, the position the standout prospect says he has “played more of” since Brian Carlson became head coach in 2011.
“Before I took over, we were a ground-and-pound team,” Carlson said. “My first year, we were 5-5. I put in a spread offense, but not a spread that you run out of. More like what the New England Patriots do.”
On the recruiting trail, Brown has taken a couple of visits to Rutgers, camped at Boston College, attended Ohio State’s...
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