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Tracking the Stars of the Future

Football Recruiting Report
Tuesday, May 22, 2007

By Sammy Batten

Pirates land Cape Fear's Brown

By Sammy Batten
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Marquan Brown, who has been dazzling opponents with his speed and agility since his freshman year at Gray's Creek High School, has accepted a scholarship offer to play for East Carolina University.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound running back-wide receiver led Cumberland County in rushing as a junior last fall for a second straight season. Brown piled up 1,510 yards and scored 17 touchdowns to earn All-Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference and All-Cape Fear Region honors. He also made 20 receptions for another 631 yards.

"East Carolina fits him,'' Gray's Creek coach David Lovette said. "They've been recruiting him pretty good all along and made an offer earlier this spring. He just decided the time was right to go ahead and accept it.

"(ECU) Coach (Skip) Holtz is very well respected among the different schools around the state. It's an up-and-coming program and they're going to give him an opportunity. They aren't scared of his size. They understand he's a playmaker.''

East Carolina was the first major college to offer Brown a scholarship, but North Carolina, N.C. State were also showing serious interest.

Brown has accumulated more than 4,500 yards rushing in three seasons at Gray's Creek.

ECU running backs coach Junior Smith, a Fayetteville native, was the chief recruiter for Brown. Smith, at 5-foot-6, went on to become the Pirates' all-time leading rusher.

Brown is the second North Carolina prospect to join ECU's recruiting Class of 2008. He follows Jacksonville Northside quarterback Joseph Womack in the class.

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05/23/2007 01:42:04 AM


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