One season after recording 162 tackles in 11 games, three-star inside linebacker Richie Brown of Long Beach (Miss.) is on pace to top that total -- even though offenses are giving him lots of attention.
"Last week, they were sending two and three blockers at me," Brown said. "I got triple-teamed on one of their scoring plays. They had two guards and a fullback coming at me. They triple-teamed me two or three times. I was double-teamed most of the game."
Despite that, Brown fared pretty well.
"I ended up with 21 tackles," he said.
After seven games, Brown has 114 stops, for an average of 16.2 tackles every time he takes the field. He also has six sacks and 13 touchdowns - 11 on offense and two on defense for his 5-2 squad.
"I think I'm playing very well," Brown said. "I'm helping my team out and I'm doing a good bit on both sides of the ball. I'm doing everything I can."
On the recruiting front, Brown is starting to map out his official visits. He said Wednesday night he probably will take trips to LSU, Mississippi and Mississippi State, along with two others to schools that have yet to be determined. Not dates for any officials have been set.
According to Brown, Arkansas State, Purdue and Vanderbilt are among those fighting for the final two officials.
"They're the ones trying the hardest right now," Brown said. "That's a big deal."
Although Brown said he won't take an official to Southern Miss, that doesn't mean that program is out of contention. He's not making an official there because it's only an hour away and he can visit any time, Brown said.
Two weeks ago, Brown made an unofficial to LSU.
"That was a good visit," Brown said. "I went there and hung out and had a good time with my cousin. After the game, we went and talked to [defensive coordinator John] Chavis. Then we went and got some good food."
"I'm planning on going to Mississippi State and Ole Miss next [for unofficials]," Brown said. "But I have no idea when."