If Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer is to return to its first state championship game since 2009 it will be because of a strong defense.
Three-star defensive end Malik Brown is one of the leaders on a unit that held Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast to a single field goal in a first-round playoff victory last Friday.
“It’s not just me that’s a leader, we are all leaders and we play with an attitude because playoff time is when everyone needs to step up,” Brown explained. “We started this game in a bad situation due to a turnover. But we held them to a field goal when most teams would have just scored a touchdown.
“After that they got nothing else on us.”
Brown had a multiple-sack game and forced a fumble, showing the kind of effort that’s helped his name rise on recruiting boards around the state.
Brown said Mississippi State, Syracuse, Purdue, South Florida, Cincinnati and Minnesota are the programs that have put themselves in the best position to receive an official visit.
“All in all I have probably 20 offers if you add the smaller programs, but those are the programs I’m looking hard at,” Brown said. “I’m going to take my officials after the season and I can’t get to every school, so it’s important to do a lot of research and see what happens.
“USF, Syracuse and Purdue are definitely getting official visits, but everything else is up in the air.”
Brown said a final decision isn’t likely until January or later.