TAMPA – Speed kills and Ahmarean Brown knows a thing or two about that.
The rising sophomore wide receiver/defensive back transferred to Tampa Catholic this summer after being a part of Jefferson varsity as a freshman and in this year’s spring game.
Brown, who stands at 5’9″, 160 lbs. ran a 4.47 40-yard dash just a few months ago. He flashed his wheels in the spring jamboree, juking around two Robinson defenders on his way to a 50-yard touchdown.
He says he transferred to Tampa Catholic in an effort to get his grades up and prepare for college.
“Football wise, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to go and play,” Brown told Prep Sports Scouting. “They do things a lot differently and things are much tougher.”
Brown will be a starter at wide receiver alongside an offense that features running Devan Barrett (Auburn), wide receiver Darius Corbett (Toledo) and quarterback Austin Sessums among many playmakers.
The preseason clash at Gaither two weeks ago didn’t make it past the first quarter due to lightning, but Brown got to line up with the first team.
“It was my first time starting a game so I was kind of nervous and had to get those feelings out,” he said. “Once the game started I got more comfortable in what I was doing. It felt good.”
On top of his starting gig at wideout, Brown will be a top reserve at defensive back and a core special teamer.
Last season, the Crusaders finished 10-3 before falling in the 3A state semifinals. It marked the second time in the three years that TC lost in that round. Brown says he thinks if the team can come together and put their talents together, then they should be able to go even further this year.
“I think the offense is going to be fun this year,” he said. “I think it will be hard to stop us because we have so many threats. We can do something big with this offense with all that talent.”
Tampa Catholic faces a tough first month of football as they open up at home against St. Pete Admiral Farragut this Friday before traveling to New Jersey to play Bergen Catholic on Sept. 10. Then, the Crusaders play host to loaded Clearwater Central Catholic and battle district rival Berkeley Prep.
“It will be a challenge but we have to come together as a team,” he said.
Starting his football life at age 7, Brown began as a running back. In his last year of little league, he lined up as both a quarterback and wide receiver. He says he thought he’d be a better wideout than quarterback so that’s why he made the switch when he entered high school.
Brown pointed to his speed, route running and playmaking ability as his biggest strengths. He’s aiming to improve his all-around game with a new team and program led by fourth-year TC head coach Mike Gregory.
He’ll continue to participate in track and field at Tampa Catholic where he runs the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4 by 100 meters relay. Brown says it helps with his ability to get past defenders and find open space.
He currently holds six offers from Southern Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa State, Michigan State, USF. Brown also has interest from Ohio State.
Michigan State and Kentucky are two schools that stand out in his mind because he says he’s been watching them since he was a little kid and likes what their programs have to offer. All of his six offers see him as an athlete.
Brown says his dad is his biggest role model in life.
“He’s been on my butt since I started football. He pushes me a lot,” he said. “He wants me to be a good person, a good football player and a great student.”
Brown wants to go to college and play football and work his way up to the NFL, something he says he believes he has a chance at if he works hard enough. He plans to study journalism or sports management in college because he loves sports too much to get away from it.
Only a sophomore, there are big things coming from this young man. He is not only fast, but he is super smart.
Ahmarean Brown is going to add a new dimension to this Crusaders team. Whether he’s returning kicks or hauling in passes, you’ll see No. 2 out there often. There’s a reason he has six offers from big-time Division-I programs already, he’s that good.
Favorite player to watch – Rams WR Tavon Austin
Playlist before games – Motivational speeches and hype songs
Favorite movie – Lights Out
Favorite TV show – SportsCenter, Martin
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I like to be out of the house a lot. I’m adventurous and like to go places.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “A-Brown”
Game film: Brown’s Hudl tape
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