Buford High School running back Derrian Brown (L) celebrates with his teammates after a touchdown against Tucker High School during the 2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta GA Friday, August 17, 2018. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

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Texas fans allowed to make donations for 2019 signee Derrian Brown’s medical costs

Posted February 7th, 2019

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Texas fans wanting to make a donation help running back Derrian Brown’s medical costs can donate through an online fundraiser approved by the school’s compliance department.

Brown, a member of the 2019 recruiting class from Buford, Ga., is currently hospitalized after having surgery for a blood clot in his brain. Through a GoFundMe page, the family has raised more than $53,000 toward a stated goal of $80,000.

Having obtained NCAA approval for the fundraiser, UT officials are not jeopardizing Brown’s eligibility through the fundraiser.

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Texas coach Tom Herman said doctors removed a ventilator on Wednesday. Even though the situation sounds dire, Herman said, “I think Derrian Brown playing football again is certainly not off the table, either.”

“He still has a battery of tests to figure out exactly what his ailment is,” Herman said. “It would probably be premature to assume anything. The family does want everyone to know that he is getting better every day. He is moving all of his extremities.”

Brown was an all-state pick who was considered the nation’s 13th-best running back prospect, according to 247Sports. He rushed for 1,897 yards and scored 27 touchdowns as a high school senior.

For those with questions about NCAA rules related to this matter, call 512-471-8193 to speak with UT compliance officials.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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