Coming into the 2016 season, much was expected out of North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester, a school that went undefeated the year before at 15-0 and returns several pivotal starters from its title-winning team, such as junior four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner and three-star inside linebacker Kenneth Brown.
As a championship-caliber team, the Patriots have received every school’s best effort this year, and they dropped their week-three matchup against Dutch Fork (7-0) by a 13-point margin. Fort Dorchester promptly rebounded with a four-game winning streak, but incurred a setback of a different kind last Friday.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound starting linebacker broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle in the school’s 44-13 win over Ashley Ridge. During a conversation with Today’s U, Brown declared that the injury was season-ending, meaning his junior campaign would be cut short halfway through.
But not all is lost for Brown, who has already started receiving Division I offers and has several at his disposal right now. Listed as the No. 16 inside linebacker by 247Sports.com, Brown picked up his first offer, from West Virginia, back in May, and he said the Mountaineers have made him feel like a true priority since that time.
Out of all the West Virginia staff, Brown hears the most from head coach Dana Holgorsen, who reaches out “every single day” in letter form. Apart from the head coach, Brown has been in regular contact with the rest of the staff, and he currently plans to visit Morgantown later in the year.
Once his midseason junior tape was sent out, though, Brown picked up offers from North Carolina and N.C. State. Brown’s head coach, Steve Laprad, provided a heads up that the two schools may be offering shortly before he received the official word.
Growing up, Brown was a fan of the Clemson Tigers, and the powerful inside ‘backer received a visit from running back coach Tony Elliott earlier this year. At this point, Brown is receiving a heavy amount of mail from the school, but he is not expecting an offer as of yet.
One school that does have an offer on the horizon for Brown, he says, is South Carolina. The Gamecocks are very familiar with Fort Dorchester, since Joyner is the top quarterback target on their board, and Brown has caught the coaching staff’s eye in his own right.
When asked what he thought about the chances of playing with his teammate at the next level, Brown described how the possibility has come up between the he and Joyner before ultimately admitting it was too early to tell. If South Carolina does end up offering, though, Brown said “that might be the move” since Joyner is a clear priority for the staff, as he has made multiple visits to Columbia this year already.
South Carolina is currently without a commit for its 2018 class, but the Gamecocks have a lot of veteran leadership on defense, which would lead to the possibility for Brown to see the field early when he gets to college. It is no question that he has the size necessary to man the middle of a college defense, and his Hudl tape shows his force on the field. Brown is a punishing tackler that closes with urgency and follows through with each hit, and he can even drop back and mark tight ends in coverage.
Pay attention to Brown next season, as he will aim to push Fort Dorchester to another championship during his senior year.