State’s No. 1 prospect will bring special guest to Dawg Night

Georgia's No. 1 for 2016, Derrick Brown (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Georgia’s No. 1 for 2016, Derrick Brown (AJC/Michael Carvell)

For a guy who is a 5-star and rated as the state of Georgia’s No. 1 overall football prospect, Derrick Brown has somehow managed to keep a low profile this summer.

All that is about to change as the defensive tackle from Lanier High School will arrive on Tuesday at The Opening, a national all-star recruiting event at Nike headquarters in Oregon.

So what’s the latest with Brown and his recruiting? He has only visited two colleges this summer, with the most recent being Tennessee a couple of weeks ago.

“It was cool,” Brown told the AJC about Tennessee. “I got to sit down and talk to the coaches. I had my friends up there with me.”

His only other trip was to UGA at the beginning of June for a 7-on-7 camp with his Lanier teammates.

At the event, the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder turned a lot of heads by lining up at tight end. And it wasn’t just for show. Brown caught a couple of touchdown passes.

“That was a lot of fun,” Brown said. “I’ve played some tight end in certain situations for my team the last two seasons. But I’ve never caught a touchdown pass in a regular game. Maybe they’ll draw up something for me this season.”

2019 LB Kameron Brown (Sonny Kennedy/Special for AJC)

2019 LB Kameron Brown (Sonny Kennedy/Special for AJC)

And does Brown want to try to play tight end in college? After all, he looked pretty athletic at the position at UGA. “No sir. I’m sticking with d-line.”

Where else will Brown visit this summer? He said he “had no idea,” other than attending UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp on July 18. He is bringing a special guest to Dawg Night – his younger brother, Kameron Brown, who is a rising freshman at Lanier.

Derrick says a few colleges have asked about his brother, who plays linebacker and already stands 5-10 and 200 pounds.

Nothing has changed with Brown and his favorite schools. For a long time, he listed UGA as his leader, followed by Auburn. But he was catching too much grief from other college scouts, so he backed off that in May. And he remains in the same position two months later.

“I don’t have a leader,” Brown said.

“I’m going to wait until I take my officials to name any leaders again. I think being able to go on campus and hang out with the players … that will help me with decisions like that.”

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