He’s 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds and has committed to play defensive tackle for Iowa State.
But Howard Brown isn’t your typical defensive lineman recruit. He’s also a star quarterback, a physically-gifted athlete with a ridiculous size advantage.
“If you could hear from any big fella out here, it’s a dream to run the ball,” Brown told USA Today Sports. “I just feel like Lamar Jackson.”
He has the numbers to back it up. He’s thrown for over 3,000 yards for Lincoln College Prep in Kansas City, Mo. and has a highlight reel of his accomplishments that include defenders bouncing off him like bowling balls. His coach, William Lowe, thinks they give him the wrong impression.
“I don’t want people to think he’s like a gimmick at quarterback, and that’s why I didn’t like some of the highlights,” Lowe said.
Brown has always been bigger than others. When he played Pop Warner football, he was 133 pounds — two pounds from the weight limit — and he was a force as a running back. According to USA Today Sports, players were afraid to tackle him. Parents and coaches complained about the damage his runs did to other players. At one point, they insisted he couldn’t play the position anymore. So he moved to linebacker and did damage that way.
“I’m a dog,” Brown said. “I’m not here to play no games with y’all.”
Despite his eye-popping numbers and highlights, he was recruited as a defensive tackle despite very little film of him there. But he doesn’t mind switching positions.
“I feel like the money is at d-line, especially with my body type,” Brown said. “I’m a team player, wherever they need me, that’s where I’m going to be.”
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