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


Meet the Longhorns: Four-star Derrian Brown overcoming surgery

Posted December 19th, 2018


Derrian Brown, running back, Buford (Ga.)

Buford High School player Derrian Brown is tackled by Tucker High School player Lucius Chitty during the 2018 MetroPCS Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta GA Friday, August 17, 2018. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

FYI: 5-11/188; 4 stars; No. 13-ranked running back

Fabulous 55 ranking: N/A


Committed: Sept. 16

Scouting report: Brown plays for the best football program in Georgia and finished his senior season with 1,876 yards and 29 touchdowns after waiting his turn in the backfield behind older college prospects like Christian Turner and Anthony Grant. Brown is a shift running back who can get downhill to earn the tough yardage.

The Longhorns need immediate depth at running back with Keaontay Ingram the only real reliable player returning at the position, but it’s unclear whether Brown can return to football, much less contribute in 2019, after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Brown is the No. 13-ranked running back in the entire 2019 class because of his versatile skill set. He’s a big-bodied running back who invites contact and is rarely brought down on first contact or by one tackler. His balance is amazing, which is aided by his shorter frame.

Brown doesn’t lose the battle of leverage at impact and his quickness is highlighted by his ability to get north-south in a hurry. Pure speed is an overrated feature in a running back. Quickness and explosiveness are far more important at the position, and Brown is more quick than fast.

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2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25