Photo Credit: Inside Carolina
According to Scout.com (subscription needed), Desi Brown is the newest East Carolina football recruit to verbally commit to our program. He was recruited by the quarterback coach Phil Petty and verbally committed this morning. Brown’s former high school coach, Luke Little, at South Stanly High School in Norwood, NC confirmed the commitment. Brown chose East Carolina over Arkansas and Louisville.
Brown transferred to the South Stanly Rebel Bulls during the middle of the 2008 season. He is a pro-style quarterback and, according to Rivals.com, he was marked at 6’2 and weighed 189 lbs back in March when he went to Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC for the Rivals.com North Carolina 5-Star Showdown. He was clocked at 4.6 for the forty.
Even though Brown came into South Stanly mid-way through the 2008 season, he has still had time to become a three-sport athlete (football/basketball/track & field) and provide his teammates with great support. Brown is a quick pro-style quarterback and will be a force to reckon with if he is able to start taking snaps soon.
While he was playing for the Rebel Bulls, one of Brown’s most remarkable games was against Monroe High School in October of 2008. The Rebel Bulls were up 14-0 when Monroe mounted a comeback and scored three unanswered touchdowns to take the lead by seven. The coach called Brown into the game and defined his time at South Stanly by leading the Rebel Bulls to a miraculous comeback in wet conditions. The following is an excerpt from an article that was in The Stanley News and Press (a.k.a. ‘The SNAP’) written by Jim Lisk:
With the ensuing possession, Desi Brown took over at quarterback for the Rebel Bulls and ignited the offense in the rain.
With his first possession, Brown completed one pass for a first down before the offense stalled, due in part to consecutive illegal procedure penalties.
After a low snap and run by South punter Aubrey Johnson, Monroe took over on the South 37, but again the South secondary rose to the occasion.
This time Demarius Allen stepped in front of an intended receiver for the interception and returned the ball to the Monroe 19.
After another illegal procedure and a five yard loss on a quarterback sack, Brown lofted a pass to a leaping Shankle in the end zone for a game-tying touchdown at the 1:02 mark of the third quarter.
Two plays from scrimmage later, the Rebel Bull secondary made its third pick of the night. This time free safety Detric Allen came flying in high to take a pass away from the Monroe receiver.
Beginning from their own 41 after the interception, the Bulls converted a fourth and inches at the 30, then got a great 25 yard run from Brown, who just would not be denied as he gained the last 10 yards with Monroe defenders draped all over him.
The next play from scrimmage, the determined Brown ran the ball in from five yards out, giving the Rebel Bulls their best win under Coach Luke Little.
Here is an image (below) from The SNAP of Desi Brown running the ball into the end zone to seal the victory for the Rebel Bulls.
Photo Credit: Someone at The SNAP
I hope that Desi Brown will bring that same intensity to ECU in the fall that he had during his time at South Stanly. If you have a subscription to PirateIllustrated.com, you can view a highlight video of Brown’s here. I think that Brown is going to be an incredible addition to our team.