January 7, 2009

Rebels make a play for Memphis 4-star WR

One of the hottest uncommitted prospects still on the board - at least in the Southeastern United States - is Memphis (Harding Academy) wide receiver Marlon Brown.

Surf through any of the estimated 50 updates and stories published over the last year about the 6-foot-5, 205 pound four-star prospect and there is virtually no mention of Ole Miss. In fact, Ole Miss is also not included among the top eight schools recruiting Brown - that despite Ole Miss being located less than 75 miles from Memphis.

Perhaps someone forget to tell Houston Nutt that the Rebels don't have a shot at Brown, but the highly successful first year Ole Miss coach was on the phone with Brown on Tuesday night.

"He's real cool," Brown said about Nutt. "He's good, he's straight. He's just trying to get me down for a visit."

Almost any college recruiter or casual fan of recruiting knows that to have a shot at landing a prospect's signature on national signing day, a key event that must occur in most cases is getting the player on campus for an official visit.

Was Nutt successful in doing that with Brown?

"He's trying," Brown said. "All I can say right now is maybe. I have no idea, but it's definitely a possibility. If I do visit, it will be next weekend (Jan. 16)."

Not lost on Brown is the Rebels' tremendous success under Nutt in just his first season - which included an eight win regular season, a 13-point win over No. 8 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, and talk of the Rebels being a preseason Top 10 team for 2009.

"Oh I've been following them, definitely," Brown said. "I caught the Cotton Bowl game. They played really good and got a big win."

Could Brown see himself playing for Ole Miss?

"Definitely," Brown said. "They are really good. And their quarterback, he's a beast, I mean he's really good."

Brown's comments were about Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Jevan Snead, who completed the season with almost 2,800 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

Brown said in an interview last Friday with Rivals.com that his top four teams are Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

When asked if Ole Miss had a legitimate chance of landing his signature on signing day, he said he has no idea and that right now he just doesn't know.

Brown, who some reports have as a Georgia lean, did comment on Wednesday's announcement by Bulldog quarterback Matthew Stafford that he'll forego his senior season for the NFL.

"That will have absolutely no impact on my decision," Brown said. "None."

Rivals.com Jamie Newberg's assessment of Marlon Brown at the Under Armor All-Star Game

ASSETS: Has great size, good speed and does things with the football that 6-foot-5 receivers shouldn't be able to do.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Brown needs to get more consistency with his hands and continue to improve his route running.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE IN THE GAME: Brown showed great speed to outrun safety Darren Myles to the end zone on their first play from scrimmage that resulted in a 71-yard score. He also had a nice reception on a long out route thrown by Barkley.
CONCLUSION: This kid has so much upside with his combination of size, speed and athleticism that once he puts it all together, watch out.

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