Desi Brown verbally commits to ECU

Mon, Jun 29, 2009

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According to (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, he was marked at 6’2 and weighed 189 lbs back in March when he went to Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC for the 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, you can view a highlight video of Brown’s here. I think that Brown is going to be an incredible addition to our team.

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17 Comments For This Post

  1. Joyce Says:

    Great Job Charlie,

    Noticed this link on Facebook. You have a new follower. I’ll spread the word to some fellow Pirates. Great site! See ya this fall bud.


  2. ghostlikeswayze Says:

    Thanks man! Glad you like the site. I am still trying to get this Univ. of Tenn orange off of the links. Altering text colors is easy but for some reason I can’t seem to figure it out. Looking forward to seeing you during football season, too!

    We are planning on putting a forum up on the site so stay tuned in the next few months and let me know if you can think of any other good additions that would help Pirate fans enjoy the season while they are sitting at their work computer!

  3. BIG ERV Says:

    “DESI”, what a great effn name!!

  4. ghostlikeswayze Says:

    Desmond “Desi” Brown seems like he has his head on his shoulders after making the best decision between ECU, Arkansas and Louisville. I am looking forward to seeing what the kid can bring to the table. I believe that he will be a dominant force in about two to three years. Unlike Davon Drew (who was brought in as a QB), I think that the Pirates will keep Desi at QB throughout his career.

  5. BIG ERV Says:


    An awful lot to surmize without every seeing him play one snap! You must really have an eye for talent LunchBox!


  6. GhostLikeSwayze Says:

    Check out this great article from Bonesville about Desi:

  7. BIG ERV Says:

    I’m looking for Chucky B’s point of view, not Sammy’s. Don’t trust everything you read Son.

    -Stay Up

  8. GhostLikeSwayze Says:

    I am glad that you are looking for my POV. I just want to make sure that we let the readers of 200YTL have a chance to see multiple POVs so they get as much information as possible.

    Thanks for reading and commenting because the comment section is a large part of the 200YTL community!

  9. BIG ERV Says:

    My sole goal is to contradict everything you write.

    -Happy Writing

  10. ghostlikeswayze Says:

    You never cease to amaze me.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    too bad he moved from south stanly to some 5A school in Missouri I figure he will be eaten alive, if he even sees the football field.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    The School Desi is attending (Webster Groves), is currently ranked #1 in Missouri in Class 5A and has a long tradition of winning. Webster has reached the state semi-finals three times in the last 8 years and has advanced to the finals twice, winning one championship.

    Coach Cliff Ice runs a pro-style spread offense that features speed and playmakers. Webster traditionally produces some of the best lineman in the state so they offer the QB solid protection.

    We had heard that Brown’s family left the area and were headed back east, but reports now have them staying in St. Louis and re-enrolling at Webster. No word yet on his eligibility.

  13. Andrew Herrmann Says:

    Hey guys,
    Just thought I’d let yall know that Desi was declared eligible a few weeks ago and has played every game since. He is sharing time with two other quarterbacks at the moment and he plays every down on defense. Personally I think he is better than both of the other quarterbacks on our team but for some reason he isn’t starting at QB. He is in my strength and conditioning class 3rd hour and he is fairly strong. I’m not sure how strong the average D-1 QB is but I would guess his bench max is somewhere around 265. However, he has extremely strong legs. He has no problems doing FULL squats with with 3+ plates on each side. Just thought I’d give you an update on him and if you have anyone questions feel free to ask since I see him just about every day.

  14. ghostlikeswayze Says:

    Andrew – Thanks for the update. I have been pretty excited about Desi since I wrote that post a while back. Glad to hear that he is doing well. Thanks for sharing the info. I know all of the 200YTL readers really appreciate it!

    – Ghost

  15. Alex Hyde Says:

    Just thought I’d let everyone know Desi and his new school, Webster Groves, capped off an undefeated season with a 31-14 victory in the class 5 State Championship Game (second largest classification in Missouri) against the previously undefeated Fort Osage High School (Albert Pujols’ alma mater) from Kansas City. Desi scored what proved to be the game-winning TD on a one-yard QB sneak.
    For the year he compiled 557 yards on 87 carries scoring 7 TDs. He had modest passing totals on the year of 8-20 for 119 yards and 1 TD, but remember, WG employed a 3-quarterback system.
    Here’s a link to the game story:

    Oh, and I just learned Desi will be a starter on the basketball team.

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