Billy Brown had plenty of high-level college programs recruiting him, but the Gaithersburg All-Met wide receiver and defensive end did not have many options as he looks toward playing college football.
Because he was not on track to have enough core credits to meet the NCAA’s minimum academic eligibility standards to receive a scholarship, Brown’s choices were limited to Division II colleges or junior colleges. He plans to sign Wednesday with Division II Shepherd.
“I got a call from Minnesota yesterday still wondering what he was doing,” Gaithersburg Coach Kreg Kephart said. “He didn’t want to go far. Maryland and West Virginia both wanted him to go to Lackawanna” Junior College in Scranton, Pa., where former Maryland standout Mark Duda is the head coach.
“I don’t know why he didn’t want to go the junior college route,” Kephart said. “He went up to Shepherd and liked it. … Of course, Shepherd is thrilled to death. They don’t get one like him every day.”
Brown, who is 6 feet 4 and 205 pounds, caught 40 passes for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense and had 20 sacks and 75 tackles on defense this past season for the Trojans.
“He’s just starting to get an idea how good he is,” Kephart said. “For a kid with the talent he has, his ego is almost non-existent. There are a whole lot more guys with less talent walking around like they’re God’s gift.”