(Hampton, GA) — Heard County Braves junior offensive lineman Levi Brown was relatively unknown before he participated in last Sunday’s 2014 MVP Camp at Lovejoy High School in Hampton but after all was said and done he was the focus of college football recruiting conversations all over the southeast after being named as the Top Overall Performer at the camp.
Brown’s named began popping up all over the internet by Monday as scouts and sportswriters took major notice of the 6-foot-4, 282-pound tackle.
The camp consisted of a 40-yard dash, position groups, and most importantly one on one drills which Brown dominated.
Levi was quoted by Ethan Burch of Scout.com about the camp. “I liked how interactive the coaches were and I liked how everything was individualized,” Brown said. “Everybody had an equal chance to do something good, and the level of competition was great also.”
Despite damp conditions on Sunday, about 400 athletes were on hand for the important opportunity to show recruiters their medal.
Braves head coach Tim Barron could not say enough about Levi’s performance. “His whole life just changed today,” said Barron. “In his three years at HHS he has gained almost 100 pounds and worked very hard in the weight room and now it is paying off in a big way.”
Brown was truly shocked when his name was called as Top Overall Performer. “I am really humbled and blessed,” said Brown. “Whenever they called my name I was in complete shock I had no idea I was even in the running for it. I am so thankful for my parents and my awesome coaching staff for helping get me to this point.”
Chad Simmons of Scout.com was also highly complimentary of Brown. “There was not a bigger surprise at this camp than Brown. The young man has put on good weight since the end of the season and he was there to compete and to win,” said Simmons in his Monday blog. “He took the coaching in, he used it during the one-on-one session and he may have gotten beat once (And that could have been a draw), but he won over a dozen reps. One of the offensive line coaches called him “another Ben Jones” (Former center at the University of Georgia). Brown is a kid nobody was talking to before the camp, but at the end, everyone was talking to him and about him.”
Four other Braves also attended the camp and showed off their skills to recruiters and coaches including Duranta Dunson, Elijah Toney, Zack Stephens, and Austin Barron. “I am proud of how hard all of our kids have been working,” said Coach Barron. “About 95% of our athletes are working like we need them to be.”
The Braves are already making preparations for a huge 2014 regular season opening game versus South Georgia powerhouse Fitzgerald on August 30 in a game that will be played at Mercer University in Macon.