January 25, 2008

Top 2009 wideout has early interest

Though Michael Crabtree's monster freshman season has resulted in several top receivers giving Texas Tech a long, hard look, it remains to be seen whether any of them will be teaming up with this year's Biletnikoff award winner when the Red Raiders take the field next season. If Tech doesn't land one of the five or four star receivers they're in on, it could be due to the fact that Crabtree's explosion didn't take place until the 2008 class' senior season, by which time most recruits had already started to choose which schools they were considering.

However, it doesn't look like Tech will have that problem with the Class of 2009. We told you earlier this week about four-star receiver Chad Bumphis, who is interested in the Red Raiders, but it looks like Bumphis isn't alone in his affinity for the Red Raiders.

Meet Marlon Brown, Rivals.com's 2nd ranked wide receiver prospect for 2009.

Brown, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, has offers from all over the country, a trend that isn't likely to end soon.

"Let's see, I know right now I have offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Stanford, Colorado, Clemson, and I think maybe a few others," he answered when asked which schools had extended scholarship offers his way. "I'm not 100% sure that they're the only ones, but those are the ones I know off the top of my head."

No, you didn't misread that, he does hold an offer from Stanford, a fact that doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows Brown, a standout student with a 3.4 GPA at a difficult private school.

When asked if there are any other schools that stand out to him, Brown had this to say.

"Yes sir there are," he said. "Schools like USC, Texas, and Texas Tech really stand out to me. Oh, and also Kentucky. They have a great basketball program as well and I think I'm going to try to play both basketball and football in college."

That's right, he's a basketball star as well, dominating the Tennessee high school ranks in both sports.

Speaking of Tennessee, some casual observers assume that the Volunteers have a leg up on the competition for Brown's services due to the fact that his mailing address ends in "TN," an assumption that Brown vigorously disputes.

"Oh, no sir, I'm not leaning towards them or anyone," he said. "I did grow up rooting for them when I was little, but I'm completely open. It doesn't need to be SEC country or anything like that, it just doesn't matter. I'll go wherever I have to to find the best place for me."



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