More than a dozen programs all over the country have offered Stockbridge (Ga.) Woodland High School athlete Shakur Brown and several others are showing interest, but at this point four schools are coming after him the hardest.
“Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina and Notre Dame,” Brown told Today’s U.
— Shakur Brown (@ShakurPrime) July 18, 2016
The coaches at these programs see a lot of potential in the 6-foot, 180-pounder – who just started playing cornerback midway through his junior year – and that’s what has these schools sitting in great position right now with Brown.
“The relationship with the coaches is what I like,” Brown said. “They say I’m electrifying and smart and strong.”
So far, Brown holds offers from Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Marshall, Minnesota, Oregon State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, Western Kentucky, West Virginia and others and a few more could be coming in before everything is said and done.
Penn State, Pittsburgh and Ohio State are also showing heavy interest in Brown, he said, and he really hopes the Buckeyes come through with an offer.
In just four games at corner, Brown exceeded expectations by intercepting one pass every game, returning two of them for touchdowns and registering 23 tackles.
Brown’s decision will ultimately come down to two factors.
“How good they are recruiting me and whether or not they have a good business program,” he said.
The speedy defensive back — who runs a 4.4 second 40-yard dash — uses his past experience at quarterback to give him an advantage on defense, as he’s able to see each play through a different point of view.
“It helped a lot, cause now I know how to bait quarterbacks, like how cornerbacks used to bait me,” Brown said. “Since I’ve played quarterback before, I know different defenses, so I can play in any defensive scheme in college.”
Brown plans to officially announce a top five around the middle of football season and so far three programs are sitting in great shape to make the cut.
“Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia,” he said. “I’m still kind of evaluating Notre Dame and also Kentucky. I’ll have my top five by the fifth or sixth game.”
All of these programs have pitched the possibility of early playing time if Brown comes in ready.
“All of them say that if I work hard then I might be able to start as a freshman,” he said.
While Brown has some opportunities to play up north in the Big Ten or out west in the Pac-12, at this point it appears he will stay fairly close to home for college.
“I’m kind of leaning toward the SEC,” he explained.
The senior has already visited South Carolina and came away very impressed with the Gamecocks.
“I loved it,” Brown said. “I don’t have anything else set up yet, I’m still kind of working on it now.”
Brown patterns his game after an NFL Hall of Fame cornerback who is still considered among the best to ever play the position.
“Deion Sanders is very smart, so I try to stay after and study up on other teams.”