Virginia freshman DT Andrew Brown meets Kevin Durant, Clint Dempsey at ESPYs

Virginia freshman defensive tackle Andrew Brown — the No. 1 defensive tackle in the class of 2014, according to Rivals.com — was in Hollywood this week for the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards.

One of the highlights of the experience for Brown, who starred at Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake, Va., was walking the red carpet at the ESPYs. He was hopeful the exposure would help advance his music career.

“I’m a producer,” Brown, who goes by the stage name Drizo Beats, told USA Today. “I do all types of music and it’s really good. Producing really comes natural to me. I think it would be cool to be discovered here at the ESPYs by someone like Drake. That’s my dream.”

It’s unclear if Brown shared a moment Wednesday with the creator of “Side Pieces,” but he did pose for photos with Kevin Durant, Clint Dempsey, Jameis Winston and Jim Brown on the red carpet.

Brown enrolled at U-Va. early to participate in spring practice, during which time he shared some of his beats with his new teammates.

“Everybody loves it,” Brown told Rivals’ Krysten Peek. “They feel as though I should be producing for one of the best artists, but the thing is, I don’t have the connections yet.”

Brown, who had his pick of schools, also explained why he chose to stay home.

“What I realized is, if you keep all the talent in one state that you’re from, then eventually they will begin to be one of the Alabamas, the Oregons, the Florida States, you know? You see so many great athletes from Virginia go out of state, and if we just keep it there, like the Florida teams, everything would be great.”

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