For Ben Brown, there’s always been one goal in mind — to play football at Ole Miss.
The three-star offensive tackle from Vicksburg, Miss., took a huge step in that direction on Feb. 23 when he committed to the Rebels just four days after receiving an official offer from the Ole Miss coaching staff.
“I’ve always dreamed about playing at the college level,” Brown said. “But having a chance to play at Ole Miss is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity.”
The timing is not surprising, as the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder will extend a family tradition that goes back two generations. Brown’s father, uncle and both grandfathers have all played football for the Rebels.
Although the family ties were heavily in Ole Miss’ favor, Brown hasn’t had a ton of opportunities to see his family’s alma mater.
Brown’s father is a pastor, and the family has moved around a lot of his life. Brown has lived in South Carolina, Texas and Georgia before landing back in the Magnolia State.
The nation’s No. 84 offensive tackle and No. 18 player in the state of Mississippi received his first offer last summer when Southern Mississippi came calling. That was the moment when he really knew fulfilling his dream could become a reality.
“It was so eye opening that a school was giving me the opportunity to play at the next level,” Brown said. “To have that relief off my back meant so much to me and my family as well. Just to know that I had a place to play college football and to fulfill my dreams.”
But Brown still had his eyes set on Ole Miss. He finally got to familiarize himself with the Oxford, Miss., campus last fall, as he attended the Rebels’ wins over Vanderbilt and LSU.
Brown, a St. Aloysius High School product, visited Ole Miss again earlier this month. He took in a basketball game and toured all the facilities and continued to get to know his future coaching staff.
“I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff over there. Coach (Matt) Luke, Coach (Hugh) Freeze and Coach (Grant) Heard, they’re all great coaches and have high moral standards that they set for their team. They all know exactly what they’re talking about. Ole Miss is a national contender now, and they’ve done a great job up there. I’m looking forward to being coached by them all.”
Following the visit, Brown knew Ole Miss was the place for him, but he still didn’t have an offer in hand. When the offer finally did come, he didn’t wait long to call Luke and inform him of his decision.
“My dad jumped up and started doing the fins up,” Brown said laughing.
Now, it’s a waiting game for the big offensive tackle.
In the meantime, Brown says he’ll spend his time continuing to improve his craft on the gridiron, keep up his 4.0 GPA and enjoy going deer and duck hunting with his friends and family.
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