NC State recently offered a scholarship to an athlete from Georgia that will be transitioning to the defensive side of the ball in college.
Fortunately for Andre Brown he already plays defense. He just will have to give up offense in college, or at least it appears he will.
Brown (6-0, 180-pounds) passed for 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns as Decatur's starting quarterback in 2013. From his spot behind center he also rushed for 600 yards which wasn't surprising given his obvious athletic talents.
But it's his play on defense that has schools salivating. Brown had 60 tackles, a pick and two sacks as a safety.
"I can play free or strong, it doesn't matter. I can play down or I can play back. I'll probably play defensive back in college."
Brown doesn't remember when he learned about the NCSU offer but he does know that Ryan Nielsen is his go-between with the entire staff. Nielsen has visited Decatur a couple of times to check in on Brown, monitor his academic progress and show that he's interested.
Nielsen has also spoken with Brown over the phone, though the safety isn't a big talker.
"He's talked to me about getting me up there and visiting. I think he's a good coach. He's a good coach that has your best in mind. He's talked a little bit about the education and the athletics they provide."
Brown said State is recruiting him as an athlete even though he's more than likely going to end up in the secondary. Unlike some high school quarterbacks Brown said he would prefer to play defensive back in college because that's where his future potential is.
The Georgia athlete has been to NC State once before.
"I went there for a camp with Terronne Prescod. We're close but I haven't talked to him in a while."
Brown said he's in no rush to name favorites and is content to eait on additional offers, at least for the time being. He hasn't visited any other schools but said he knows he will get out to at least a couple in the spring.
Duke and Kentucky are the other schools that have offered Brown. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.