RANKINGS: Ranked as the No. 35 player in the state of Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 110 safety in the country and the No. 40 player in his state by 247Sports … Ranked as the No. 147 “athlete” in the country, the No. 205 player in his region and the No. 40 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

THE VITALS: Committed to the Hokies on 6/24/2013 … Helped lead his team to a state title as a senior … Caught 22 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns his final season … Recruited by Shane Beamer. 

PERSONAL: Born June 17, 1996, in Killeen, TX (Fort Hood) … Son of Christy Brown, who used to serve in the military … Has a younger brother and sister … Contemplated majors are sports medicine or business.

WHY HE CHOSE TECH: “Virginia Tech has been my dream since I was in the fifth grade, since I was ready to go middle school. Virginia Tech was the school I actually wanted to go to, and then I went up to the camp [last June] and they offered me. Not even a week later, Coach Shane Beamer called me. I went and talked with my mom and decided to take the offer.”

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