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September 5, 2013

Brown receives Under Armour All-America jersey

Since his freshman year in high school when he stepped onto the varsity field for the first time, Andrew Brown has received attention for being one of the top prospects in the nation.

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound five-star defensive lineman got onto college radar screens early with dominating performances at underclassmen combines then continued to shine on the camp and combine circuit across the nation showing particularly well in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour.

On Thursday, the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle put a cap on a brilliant high school career by committing to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-American game which will be played on January 2nd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"It's very important. I feel so privileged to have this honor to play in the game because growing up I never would've thought I would be so big," admitted Brown. "It doesn't stop here. I've got a lot more work to do. I'm about to go to college in January, graduating early and have my work cut out for me."

On the field, Brown turned in a big junior season collecting 83 tackles, 14 for loss, with eleven sacks and four forced fumbles for the Oscar Smith Tigers who advanced to the Eastern Region championship game finishing the season with an 11-2 mark.

"Andrew is a rare combination of size and speed that you just don't see very often. Since coming into our program, he has put in a lot of work to make himself a better player through conditioning and weight lifting. He's also worked a lot on his technique instead of just using his strength because he knows that he will need to use all those tools at the next level," says Coach Rich Morgan.

After his senior season, which opens on Friday night at Lake Taylor High School in a game televised on ESPNU, Brown will take his talents to the University of Virginia where he committed to play in late June.

"I'm fully committed, 100% and loving it," Brown noted. "I can't wait to get out there, display my skills, play for Coach Mike London and start the next level of my career."

Both at the Under Armour All-American game and in Charlottesville, Brown will be teaming up with fellow five-star Tidewater standout Quin Blanding from Bayside High School, the nation's top-ranked safety.

"It's going to be so fun," commented Brown. "Growing up with him, we played together since Middle School on the AYF team. Granted, we go to different High Schools now, but it's going to be a great feeling being reunited with him and show what the 757 is made of."

Between now and the game, Brown is focusing on his senior season which is expected to be a big one for the Tigers who enter the campaign as the #3-ranked team in the state.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Brown said. "My plan is to break Kanyia Anderson's sack record, which is 22. The season opener is going to be big. It's on ESPN, it's my second ESPN game and I'm real excited."

Matthew Hatfield also contributed to this report

Football Editor Rod Johnson is now entering his tenth year with VirginiaPreps.com having first written for the site in 2003. To keep up with even more high school football news in Virginia, follow him onTwitter @vaprepsrodor find him on Facebook under "VirginiaPreps Rod Johnson". He can also be contacted via e-mail atvaprepsrod@cox.net.



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