Prior to last Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp in Ashburn (VA), Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) rising senior defensive lineman Andrew Brown had earned 5-star status from Rivals.com, 247Sports.com, and Scout.com. The 6’4″, 285-pound prospect lived up to the 5-star billing last Sunday, earning an invite to Nike’s prestigious national combine event, The Opening.
“I was real excited,” Brown said of the invite to The Opening. “Couldn’t complain at all.”
Brown could not be stopped in one-on-one competition last weekend despite facing the likes of Notre Dame-bound offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, who is a product of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD). He said he was “very pleased” with his play on the day.
Brown has the size and strength major college coaches covet, but he feels two other areas separate him from other defensive line prospects.
“Quickness and hands. It’s all about your hand speed,” said Brown. “I learned that after my 8th grade year coming into my freshman year.”
In addition to his 5-star status from the aforementioned three national recruiting outlets, Brown was just named the no. 3 overall player in the country by ESPN.com. There has been a buzz around the talented athlete since his freshman season at Indian River High School, where he attended his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has embraced the attention but remains humble.
“I mean, it feels good after a while,” Brown said of the attention he has received since his freshman year. “It begins to be too much sometimes, but then you have to realize not many people get this opportunity, so you have to be thankful.”
Brown has received top offers from all across the country, but right now he is focused on 10 schools: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State,...
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