One of the hot new trends in college football, is the bigger, taller wide receiver. Speed is good in your wide receivers, but it's size that everyone is after. However, there is the rare breed of receiver that possess both size and strength, when you find a prospect with both then everyone will be after them.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better to fit that description than Dade City (Fla.) Pasco big men Dominic Brown and Darrell Davis.
"Dominic was actually verbally offered a scholarship by South Florida as a sophomore," Pasco head coach Dale Caparato said. "When he was a sophomore they were recruiting Johnny Payton and he Dominic caught their eye. We went to a team camp there the next summer and he really showed out."
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The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Brown runs the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. As a junior he caught 43 passes for 1,032 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 24 yards per catch.
"He is the prototypical big man," Caparato said. "He is the receiver of the new millennium. He has tremendous athletic ability and great speed. He is very physical and the best thing about him is that he loves to block. He had probably half a dozen de-cleaters last year.
He is a very unselfish kid and smart on the football field. There were a couple of times last year he'd come up to me and say coach I'm getting double teamed, but they are leaving so and so open, we should go to him on this play."
If teams do manage to lock Brown during a game then they must also have an answer for Davis. While Davis is an excellent wide receiver prospect, he may never play there in college.
"Darrell is a kid that you sign and put him in the gym and beef him up to about 240 pound and make him a monster 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker," Caparato said. "He is in the 4.6 range now and he runs really well sideline to sideline."
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Davis runs the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds and will attend the NIKE camp at Florida State on May 1.
"I think he's going to wind up on defense at the next level for sure," Caparato said. "He's a big kid obviously, but to tell you how athletic he is, is that we played him at cornerback most of the year last year. We moved him to outside linebacker late in the year and he really excelled there. He is very aggressive and loves to hit, so he already has that linebacker mentality."
Caparato stated that both both, Davis and Brown are hearing from schools all across the South and the country, but don't be surprised to see them end up at the same place in college as well.
"They came in to my office the other day before basketball practice and told me that they wanted to talk to me," Caparato said. "They sat down and told me that they really want to go to the same school. I try to stay out of what schools my kids look at, I just pull for them when they get there. I know Florida is one that they are definitely interested in though because it's so close."