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Brown receives Under Armour All-America jersey

[rl]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.

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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.

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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.

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> style="border: 1px solid ; width: 200px; height: 267px; float: left;">> alt="" src="http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/914/1445135.jpg">> hspace="5" vspace="5">"It's very important.> style=""> >>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.> style="">  "It doesn't stop here.> style="">  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."

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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"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."

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Both at the Under Armour All-American>>game and in>>Charlottesville, Brown will be teaming up with fellow five-star>>Tidewater>>standout > href="http://rivals.yahoo.com/virginiapreps/football/recruiting/player-Quin-Blanding-126198;_ylt=AlIYoMRumnvXAcdfsqJh5NBIPZB4">> style="">Quin>>Blanding from Bayside High School, the>>nation's top-ranked safety.

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"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."

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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.

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"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>>
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