Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer High School is a power in the Sunshine State year-in, year-out. As a part of that process, elite prospects must emerge on both sides of the ball – which translates into recruits that have a plethora of options when it comes to accepting a college football scholarship.
This is the case for 2013 defensive end/outside linebacker Malik Brown.
"Things are going pretty good. Right now, I should be up to about 16 offers," he said. "I got offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, FAU, FIU, Illinois, Marshall, Minnesota, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Purdue, South Florida, Syracuse, Tulane…and I think that's it."
Despite the gaudy list, he is just getting into the recruiting process because of his love for basketball, the other sport he plays at Dwyer and the game he is currently playing while he takes in tournaments all over the country.
"I haven't started thinking about what school I want to go to," Brown admitted. "I haven't visited a lot of schools. There's some schools that I like…but I' worried about winning the state championship first."
Though he has not been able to take in many campuses other than some local venues, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder says a certain group of schools are standing out.
"Syracuse, South Florida, Purdue, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Marshall and Minnesota are recruiting me the hardest," he admitted. "But they're all recruiting me hard."
When it comes to criteria, visits will be big in the process – so narrowing things down to a top five to help with official visits is a long ways away.
Said Brown of what he's looking for, "How many players they send to the NFL at my position, my relationship with the coaches and how good the facilities are."
One of his Dwyer teammates, 2012 defensive back Julian Whigham, just enrolled at Syracuse – which is one of the reasons the Orange is standing out.
"Julian was talking to me about how cool the coaches are at Syracuse," Brown said, though he maintains no favorites and currently doesn't have a decision timetable.