While the Syracuse University football brand is fresh in the minds of some more recent prospects, a player that the Orange have been doggedly pursuing for some time now is starting to see his stock soar after a terrific performance at the New York/New Jersey Elite 11 Regional, where he finished second to Tennessee commit Jarrett Guarantano.
Brown has long been the top quarterback on Syracuse’s recruiting board in 2016, and while the sudden (potential) interest of Dwayne Haskins has Orange fans excited, it’d be unwise to start to overlook a player of Brown’s caliber. The St. John Vianney signal caller put up some big numbers as a junior, and that’s when he really started to show up on college radars. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and with a strong arm and nimble feet, he might remind some long time Syracuse fans of former Orange great Marvin Graves.
Of course, it’s another former Syracuse quarterback who has helped Brown emerge as a top quarterback prospect: Madei Williams. Williams has become one of the top private quarterback coaches on the East Coast, and has been working diligently with Brown to become an elite QB prospect. Right now, it looks like the hard work is paying off.
Brown recently narrowed his list to five schools, including Syracuse, Northwestern, Boston College, Temple, and Wake Forest, though with Jamie Newman selecting Wake the Demon Deacons may not be much of a threat at this point. There are some rumors swirling around that at this point, it may be a two way battle between the Orange and Boston College for Brown’s services, though obviously Northwestern looks like a potential threat to disrupt the proceedings.
A lot of stock has been put into Robert Washington’s connections in terms of how his commitment is going to cause some ripples through the world of recruiting, but it may surprise some people to know that those connections extend to Brown. Brown, like so many other connections to Washington, played with the elite North Carolina running back with Team USA. As Brown recently told Scout.com, his previous connection to Washington as well as the commitment of his close friend, wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, will only strengthen Syracuse’s position in his recruitment.
Brown has talked about committing sometime in the next month or two, and whoever gets him will be getting a heck of a talent. Right now he’s still a little bit skinny, but his athleticism is undeniable, as is his arm strength. All you have to do is watch the very first play of his highlight tape to understand that the kid can sling it, as he casually flicks a long touchdown pass that easily sails 45 yards in the air, perfectly on target. And with a reported time of 4.6 in the 40, he’s got the speed and quickness to make plays with his feet, evidenced by the fact that he rushed for 851 yards and nine scores last season.
Over the course of the summer and the upcoming season, you can expect to see Brown’s stock continue to rise, especially now that he’s announced plans to visit schools such as Florida and Miami over the summer. It’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out, as his profile gets higher and the Orange hopefully remain at or near the top of the list for his services.