June 30, 2008

Busy Brown gets orange appeal

Memphis' Marlon Brown has heard from almost every big-time program in the country. His game is very highly touted and this summer, he's been working to improve his already impressive cadre of skills.

In Los Angeles last week for camp at the University of Southern California, Brown went head to head with some of the most heralded prospects in the class of 2009.

"It was a great experience," Brown said. "I played against some of the top players in the country. That had to be the most impressive thing about my trip. I got to play with some really good quarterbacks and against some really good defensive backs."

Brown maintains that he has no leader as of this point in his recruitment. His home state school still is high on his list and in even better standing after picking up a verbal commitment from Upland, Calif., signal caller Josh Nunes last week. The two met last month and have been talking quite frequently of late.

"I met him when I was at Stanford and we talked and exchanged numbers," Brown said. "We talk at least two times a week. I was shocked. I thought he was going to go to Stanford."

Brown had no clue that Nunes was that interested in Tennessee. And when Nunes contacted Brown to tell him of his decision, Brown insisted he honestly didn't believe it.

"He texted me and told me was all Vol," Brown said. "I told him to stop lying, but he wasn't. He had really committed."

Nunes decision made quite the impression on Brown, and Nunes has been doing his best to make sure he's throwing to Brown for the next four years.

"It definitely helps Tennessee," Brown said. "He wants me to come, and he's telling me that it would be awesome with me, him and Je'Ron Stokes."

The person actually in charge of recruiting Brown is Tennessee running backs coach Stan Drayton. Brown talks to the Tennessee staff several times a month but is always in contact with Drayton via e-mail.

"Me and him always e-mail each other," Brown said. "We have a good relationship. He doesn't always talk football. He talks to me about what's going outside of football."

A two-sport star, Brown says he will go to college on football scholarship and play basketball once football season has completed. This summer, he's working out to get ready for his senior season and playing quite a bit of AAU basketball all over the states.

He's played in Dallas, Houston, Virginia, Nashville, Alabama and Kentucky. And he still has roundball tournaments in Georgia and Florida. One weekend he's playing basketball and the next he's running routes at football camps.

"I'm used to it so it's not that hard anymore," Brown said. "When I was younger it was hard, but it's a breeze now."

Brown's Harding Academy team went 7-4 last fall on the gridiron while his basketball team won a state championship earlier this year. With some hard work and good play, Brown believes they can win state in football too.

"I want to be there for my team," Brown said. "I want us to have a great year. We definitely have a chance to win state. Our whole team is back, and I think we have gelled together. I think we have what it takes."

Brown doesn't plan on making a decision on college anytime soon, but two schools are definitely in line for an official visit this fall.

"I will definitely visit Tennessee and USC," Brown said. "I'm not sure about the other visits yet."

Rivals.com rates Brown as a 5-star wide receiver and the 17th ranked player in the class of 2009.

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