Despite a solid sophomore season, things weren't looking good on the injury front for 2008 Arlington (Texas) Seguin wide receiver DeAundre Brown.
Brown, who is a commanding receiver target in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metrolplex this season almost saw his football career sliding away. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound speedster had an injury toward the end of his sophomore year that almost changed his football career.
"During our last game in November, the doctors said I had overworked my leg to the point where it was going to snap," Brown said. "I went out and played basketball and I heard the noise. My leg was dead. I didn't sleep for three weeks, I just laid there moaning and the pain was crazy.
"I had emergency surgery and there was a chance that I could have lost my leg. Everything came out great, it's back to normal now, and there really isn't any pain anymore."
Ironically, the injury to senior wide receiver and Missouri commit Kendall Irving has made Brown the go-to guy in the offense for Seguin. The leading receiver for his team, Brown has accumulated 313 receiving yards on 20 receptions and totaled three touchdowns.
Their last win came against Irving on Friday with their only loss coming to a loaded Irving MacArthur team. Brown credits a lot of his ability on being smart and refining his skills
"I'm a balanced receiver that has speed and technique to break a game open," Brown said. "I'm more of a combination between a speed and possession guy. Give me the ball, and I'll do something with it."
On the recruiting front, his mailbox is full of at least "15 to 20" letters a day and that also has included his first offer.
"Louisville has offered in writing but that's the only one officially so far," Brown said. "Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Duke, Washington, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Florida State are some of the others that send me a lot."
There is an early favorite already for Brown after some heavy recruitment.
"Right now, I'd say it's Texas A&M because they show me more interest than anybody else," Brown said. "I've been invited down there a lot and they text message me all the time. I probably get a letter from them every other day."
The sophomore of the year for his district and all-region pick as a sophomore is looking to make a decision somewhat later on in the process. His mom says she'd like him to stay close to home, but also to go wherever the best place is for him.
With his team moving well through the season in only their third year of varsity football, Brown says he's proud to be in a program like Arlington Seguin.
"We have our ups and downs like everyone else," he said. "Our strength, team speed, strategy, and everything has a lot to do with our success and of course believing in God."