Derrick Brown is a 6-foot-4, 317-pound defensive tackle who racked up 42 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a senior, but even he had to deal with bullying early in life.
The five-star Auburn signee refused to resort to physical violence or tattle on his bully, so the torment didn’t stop until a friend finally told a teacher. But Brown’s mother, Martha Brown, revealed that the situation is part of the reason her son developed into one of the best high school football players in the nation.
“Being the big kid in class, Derrick was always looked at as a giant, but he really is a gentle giant instead of the bully,” she told DawgNation back in August.
Brown was the No. 9 overall recruit in the Class of 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and chose Auburn over several other SEC schools, including Tennessee, UGA, Alabama and Mississippi State.
This much is clear: The Tigers are adding a player this fall that is as put-together off the field as he is ferocious on it.