Quinton Brown relished having the ball in his possession and every play was a potential touchdown when Brown played quarterback at Douglass High, though he rarely was a threat to pass, completing just six as a senior this past season. Now, Brown is preparing for a new position, wide receiver, where he hopes to play this fall at Syracuse.
Brown gets a start on his new position tonight when he plays for the East team in the Maryland Football Coaches Association all-star game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30.
Also tonight, All-Mets Deon Butler of Hylton, Kevin Grant of Herndon, Olu Hall of Robinson and John Bradshaw of Stafford are among the local players on the West team in the Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star game at Darling Stadium in Hampton at 7:30.
Brown is one of four All-Mets playing in the Maryland game, joined by Linganore wide receiver Jon Moravec, Forestville safety Andre Jones and Northern quarterback Sean Schaefer. Those players figure to bring excitement at positions which they are accustomed. Brown, on the other hand, mostly will line up in the slot and hopes to be on the receiving end of passes from Schaefer and Potomac (Md.) quarterback Harold Dorman, a second-team All-Met.
"My team needed me to play quarterback [at Douglass], so that's what I played," said Brown, who scored at least one touchdown in every game as the Eagles went 11-1 last season and won the Prince George's 3A/2A title.
"As long as I get the ball in my hands, I don't care where I play."
Although some colleges recruited him to play defensive back because he is listed at only 6 feet and 180 pounds -- he also played safety at Douglass -- Brown wanted to play on offense. He tried to play wide receiver at a handful of camps last summer, hoping to impress potential recruiters.
Syracuse was among the schools that said Brown could attempt to play offense and, after spending three weeks this summer working out with his new teammates, Brown said he already feels comfortable and thinks he has an excellent chance to play this fall.
"As long as I learn the plays, I can play," said Brown, who plans to return to Syracuse on Monday to resume workouts there. "I got a lot stronger than I was during the season. I got faster as well. I've been working real hard. We've got question marks at receiver, so I'm going to have a chance to play early."
When Brown, who twice won the state indoor track title in the 55-meter hurdles, was told that some might wonder how can get he get any faster, Brown said, "You'll see on Friday night."
C.H. Flowers Coach Mike Mayo, who is coaching the East team in the Maryland game, said that Brown has blended in well at his new position and his speed and shiftiness are immediately noticeable.
"The majority of his highlights were offensive, with the ball in his hands," Douglass Coach J.C. Pinkney said. "If you've seen him play, you've got to get his hands on the ball. [Playing wide receiver] is an opportunity for him to have the ball in his hands and it's something he hasn't done before. He's competitive and thinks he can do anything. And I'm pretty sure he can."