Athletes like Virginia cornerback Phillip Brown are scarse, which makes players like him such hot commodities. Brown is now listing two teams at the top of his list.
“People have been hearing a lot of rumors about my favorite schools,” the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Brown said. “Some of them I haven’t even heard about. I do know that right now my top two schools are Virginia Tech and Tennessee. They’re dead even right now and it may take a while to decide which one I like better. It seems like everything one school has the other school offers too. That’s what makes them so even.
“I’m not counting out Virginia, NC State, Clemson or Maryland. They’re not in my top two, but they’ve all got a shot.”
Brown put up eye-popping numbers last season at Hampton (Va.) Phoebus on offense and defense. On offense he caught around 30 passes for almost 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. As a cornerback he made 71 tackles and picked off four passes. He also returned four punts for touchdowns. This year he’s already caught three touchdown passes in only two games.
“A lot of people ask me why I’m not going to play offense in college because I get a lot of yards and touchdowns. I feel like I can turn a game around from anywhere on the field. I can score touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams,” Brown laughed.
Brown runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and is a very solid form tackler who is also an excellent cover guy. He’ll work on his performance in zone coverages, but that shouldn’t present a problem for one of the most athletic players in the nation. There have been comparisons between Brown and AJ Davis, the top cornerback in North Carolina last season. Both were blazing receivers, excellent punt returners and pure cornerbacks.
“The addition of Tennessee to my top two really changes the way the whole situation looks. Virginia Tech is still an awesome program and I could easily wind up there. But now they have a little more competition than before.”