Mylon Brown missed Pasco's 13-12 victory Friday over North Marion in the Class 3A region final.
And there was good reason for him to miss arguably the Pirates' biggest win in 16 years. Pasco's senior lineman, who has been out with a leg injury since September, took an official visit to Vanderbilt last weekend and orally committed to the school. Brown, whose uncle was NFL all-Pro Jerome Brown, had offers from Florida International and Western Kentucky.
At Vanderbilt, Brown expects to play offensive tackle and study sports medicine. He has a 3.0 grade point average and scored a 22 on the ACT to qualify academically.
"I'm excited about the academics," Brown said. "People said it's hard, but they have one of the top graduation rates in the nation. I'm not scared."
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Brown missed most of his senior year after chipping a bone in his leg. Vanderbilt doctors spoke with Brown's orthopedic surgeon and were satisfied he would fully recover, Pasco coach Tom McHugh has said.
"I had the offer before I got hurt," Brown said. "They knew it wasn't a serious injury."
Brown spent the weekend hanging out with players and getting acquainted with the Nashville campus.
"I'm excited about it," he said. "I know everyone's not blessed with size and ability. I'm happy to be one of the few to be able to play Division I football."
Brown was constantly in touch with Friday's football game. He got updates via text messages and said he wasn't surprised by the final score.
"I was happy," Brown said. "I knew they could win."
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