Every Friday, SECCountry.com will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the Southeast as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on D.J. Brown, a cornerback out of Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga.
- Name: D.J. Brown
- High School: Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga.
- Position: CB
- Ranking: 3-star
- Offers: UCLA, UCF, Purdue, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia Southern and Colorado
- Class: 2017
D.J. Brown’s transition from tiny Class A to Class AAAAA football proved to be a challenge at first. From practice to the weight room to game days, Creekside High School was more demanding than Landmark Christian.
The adjustment even called for Brown to pack on some considerable weight.
“When I first got here, he was a little undersized,” said Creekside coach Will Rogers. “So, we really put the weight on him. We fed him and got him lifting.”
The rising junior added 17 pounds to his frame in roughly four months. And now, the 3-star defensive back is garnering attention from several Division I programs. Brown has already reported seven offers, but those close to him expect that number to double by the end of the season — a credit to his growth and development since arriving to Creekside in the spring.
“He sold out in the weight room,” Rogers said. “He sold out eating right, getting in protein. You see the difference now. Scouts are telling me, ‘Man, he looks good. He’s put on a lot of weight.’”
The 6-foot, 175-pounder primarily plays man-to-man coverage in Creekside’s scheme. He’s flashed quite a bit at safety, too, after Creekside’s starter suffered a foot injury earlier in the season. It forced him to become well acquainted defending the run in addition to covering receivers in the slot.
“That’s the biggest thing with defensive backs, is getting them to show up against the run,” Rogers said. “He does a good job of that. He gets there with a lot of intention.”
While scouts have questioned whether Brown has reached his ceiling, Rogers has assured them otherwise. Now playing against better competition, it would appear that his arrow is pointing up.
“Just in practice alone, I’ve gotten better with my form and technique,” Brown said. “Playing 5A football has given me the chance to compete against some better talent, too.”
His mentor, Derrick Teagle, firmly believes he will continue to develop with more playing time, which in turn will lead to more offers.
“I think D.J. is very underrated as a 3-star,” Teagle said. “He has great ball skills and the added weight has given him more confidence in his abilities to be an all-around defensive back. His speed at 4.40 is legit.”
During the spring, Brown received five offers in three days. And he’s been in contact with several top-tier programs as of late, including Georgia Tech and Clemson. Just last week, Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed visited Creekside and spoke with Brown. Georgia Tech’s Buzz Preston has regularly been in contact with him, too.
Brown unofficially visited Auburn last week and has already made stops to UGA and Georgia Tech. He’ll be in attendance for Clemson’s home game against Notre Dame on Saturday.
He is rated as the No. 65 player in Georgia for the class of 2017.
Here’s what one scout told SEC Country: “He’s not real long, but he has really good straight-line speed. He’s a little tight in the hips. He’s a good player, but I wouldn’t say an elite prospect yet.”