March 8, 2011

Mississippi tight end lands first scholarship offer

Lawrence Brown appears to be well on his way to becoming one of the most coveted tight ends in Mississippi.

Just don't expect him to get cocky about it.

Instead, the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Columbus (New Hope), Miss., is still excited about landing his first scholarship offer.

Ole Miss was the first school to offer Brown and having that first offer come from a Southeastern Conference school made the moment even more special.

"It was very amazing," Brown said. "It was just surprising. It's a lot of joy. You think you're good enough and you'll get it, but there's nothing like getting it."

Brown said he doesn't know a whole lot about Ole Miss yet, but that will change when he visits Oxford for the Rebels' junior day and annual Grove Bowl game on April 16.

"A lot of people go there and play early," Brown said. "They have a pretty good tradition, and I like their facilities."

Mississippi State and Alabama, Brown said, are "on the brink" of making scholarship offers. Brown is interested in both programs. He checked out Mississippi State's most recent junior day and he's planning to make the short trip east to Alabama soon as well.

"(Mississippi State) is pretty nice," Brown said. "Their facilities are pretty great. Their coaches are amazing. Their junior day was pretty nice. They showed me they're looking for a tight end. That's a big thing for them. I know I'd be able to go there and play.

"I love (Alabama's) tradition. I love how they do things. It's just top of the line. They expect a lot and they get a lot. If you go there ready to work, they produce. They told me they want me to come to a couple of their spring practices. They told me I look the part and I'm the type of guy they want."

Brown, who recorded three touchdown receptions last season, said he plans to focus this summer on improving his speed and his arm strength.

"I run good routes and I have great hands," Brown said. "I have very good feet and I can cause a lot of mismatches with my size."

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