All eyes are on Largo DL/LB Harry Brown, who comes in at No. 70 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 61-70 here):
2011 stats: 65 tackles, eight sacks; 325 yards rushing, five TDs
The breakdown: Harry Brown may not be a top prospect because of his 5-11, 205-pound size. And he may not get the college offers his coaches think he deserves as a result.
But everyone who has watched him play the game says there is no doubting one thing: Brown may be the perfect high school football player.
He is smart. He has a 4.2 grade point average, and is fully qualified. He said he’d like to go to Harvard and has an offer to play football at Georgetown.
He is versatile. A linebacker who can blitz and cover a wide receiver, he played defensive end last year, and when the team needed him to sub in at running back due to injuries, he went out and rushed for 150 yards in a game.
He is relentless, driven, focused, professional.
Harry Brown is, from top to bottom, the one player on a team loaded with standouts that Largo can ill afford to be without.
“Harry is the most intense kid on the team,’’ said defensive coordinator Jeremy Frioud. “He plays with more intensity than anyone …if anything, sometimes he plays with too much intensity. He’s a kid that plays unbelievably hard, but does everything well.”
Brown, entering his fourth season on varsity, has his eyes set on a state championship. The Packers play in a tough region that includes Armwood and Hillsborough, but the senior linebacker isn’t deterred.
“This year will be my best season,” Brown said. “We definitely think we can do something big. We have a high-caliber team. I think we can put a threat on these Hillsborough teams.”