Quince Orchard’s Malcolm Brown (7), seen here celebrating with teammates in a game last season, picked up his first scholarship offer from Appalachain State last week. (Photo by Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

Quince Orchard junior safety Malcolm Brown picked up his first scholarship offer from Appalachian State last week, and plans to visit a number of schools in the near future.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Brown, who was a key defensive back and wide receiver during the Cougars’ run to the 4A state title game this fall, has also peaked the interest of other schools, he said, including Duke, Boston College, N.C. State and Maryland. While he is seriously considering Appalachian State, the recent offer should break the ice with other schools, he said.

“It was very important to have it happen. You know, a lot of colleges usually wait for one [school] to offer before they start offering,” Brown said. “Now I just got to wait and see what happens in the future.”

Appalachian State, located in Boone, N.C., and long considered to be one of the top programs in the Football Championship Subdivision, will move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014 when it joins the Sun Belt Conference. The Mountaineers are targeting Brown as a safety, “but they may switch me to receiver, depending on what they need the most,” Brown said.

Scouting Brown on both sides of the ball speaks to his versatility. He was part of a dominant Quince Orchard defense in 2012 that registered five shutouts and carried the team to its second 4A state title game appearance in as many years, where it lost 12-7 to Wise. He also caught 17 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in a run-heavy offensive attack.

Quince Orchard will have to replace a bevy of seniors next fall, including a number of recruits who will continue their careers at the next level. First-team All Met linebacker Marcus Newby (Nebraska), defensive end Andrew Akrah (James Madison), quarterback Matt Choi (Monmouth) and running back Tyrell Williams (Georgetown) headline the departures. Brown will return as one of the most experienced players on the roster next season.

“We’ve lost a lot of guys. But we’re not going to use anything as an excuse,” Brown said. “We’ve worked really hard to get back to where we need to be.”

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