Two at the top for Mississippis best
The state of Mississippi's top overall prospect, Rivals100 wide receiver DeAndre Brown currently has two schools at the top of his list with a another pair in hot pursuit. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder from Ocean Springs High talked about the current state of his recruitment in an interview Tuesday with Rivals.com.
"Recruiting is going kind of slow right now," Brown said. "But I still keep in contact with a lot of schools. LSU, Florida, Auburn and Alabama are all recruiting me hard right now."
Currently, there are two schools at the top of Brown's list.
"I would say that I have a top two, but no leader," he said. "My top two are LSU and Florida."
The battle between the two Southeastern Conference powers is one to watch in recruiting circles.
Recruiting coordinator Josh Henson, a national Top 25 recruiter for the Class of 2007 according to Rivals.com, is the recruiter of record for the Tigers.
"I've been close to coach Henson ever since he recruited (current LSU tight end Richard Dickson) out of Ocean Springs a couple of years ago," Brown said. "I've been talking to him and (wide receivers) coach D.J. McCarthy a lot. They are always telling me how they want me to come and play for them."
Brown plans to attend camp at LSU in July.
Billy Gonzales was a national top 25 recruiter for the Class of 2006, when he signed the nation's top overall prospect, Percy Harvin. He is the Florida recruiter of record for Brown.
"I talk to him almost every day," he said. "He wants me to be a Gator bad, but he doesn't really talk about that a whole lot. He talks to me more as a person than a player."
Brown hopes to make Florida's Friday Night Lights camp in Gainesville in July.
Auburn also is in the mix. Don Dunn is recruiting for AU.
"Auburn has always been creeping up on everybody," Brown said. "Most people don't think that Auburn is really in the mix, but they are."
Alabama is a newcomer to the race for Brown. Ron Middleton is recruiting for the Crimson Tide.
"I don't know too much about Alabama," Brown said. "But I know about the tradition that they've had in the past. I think they will be very good in the future. I am looking forward to checking them out."
Brown is the No. 44 overall prospect and the seventh-ranked wide receiver prospect in America, in addition to being the top overall prospect in the Magnolia State.