December 2, 2020

Heard County Lineman Commits to Marshall University

(Huntington, WV) — Heard County Braves offensive lineman Levi Brown committed to play his collegiate football at Marshall University after visiting the school over the weekend.

Brown was offered by the Division I school during the spring and finalized his decision after attending the Thundering Herd’s 49-24 romp over Middle Tennessee State Saturday.

Marshall is a coeducational public research university founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.

Levi Brown

Levi Brown

After Saturday’s win, the school entered the Top 25 in both major national polls.

“It just felt like home,” said Brown Sunday. “I am just so thankful to my coaches, my teammates, and my family for helping me to reach this goal.”

Brown vaulted onto the recruiting lists for many school after his dominating performance at the 2014 MVP Camp at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, GA in April where he was named as the Top Overall Performer.

“I am so very proud of Levi,” said Braves head coach Tim Barron Sunday. “I can remember just like it was yesterday talking to him about moving from tight end to tackle. At that point he was only about 185 pounds, but once he made the move he committed himself to getting bigger and stronger — now he is a 6’4 280 pound kid that is very athletic for a tackle.”

Brown becomes the fifth Brave to commit to a Division I athletic program over the last three years following in the footsteps of Cali Harrod (FSU Softball), Anna Shelnutt (FSU Softball), Jordan Watson (Michigan State Softball), and Jake Edwards (UGA Football).

“It always makes us proud when we get a Heard County kid representing us at the next level,” said Barron.

Marshall University began playing football in 1895  and has a storied tradition steeped in both tradition and tragedy. Their first undefeated season was in 1919, when they went 8-0 and their most recent undefeated season was in 1999 when they finished 13-0 and ranked #10 in the country.

The Thundering Herd scored the most wins in college football during the 1990’s (114). Conversely, the football team struggled through the 1970’s after a plane crash on November 14, 1970 killed almost the entire team and coaching staff.

The story was detailed in the 2006 feature film “We Are Marshall” starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. 


  1. We are so proud of you Levi. You kept working and believing and things came through. And now you get to live in a State that has four seasons .

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