ATHENS, Ga. -- Back in the spring, Chester Brown (Hinesville, Ga./Bradwell Institute) needed help. The offensive lineman was under the radar and overweight, dangerously close to missing out on his opportunity to impress college coaches during the evaluation period. Luckily, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound prospect did not have to look far for assistance.
"My father was a boxer in Samoa for over 20 years, and when he retired he was heavyweight champion of the South Pacific," Brown said. "Even though the sports are different, he feels a lot of his workouts can help me on the football field. I am fortunate to have a father who knows a lot about training."
Brown had quietly picked up offers from South Alabama and Georgia State, and piqued the interests of schools like Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. But it was not until his first college prospect camp in July that everything fell into place for Brown, a process that occurred just as quickly as his emergence as a legitimate FBS recruit. He had one goal in mind: to impress the staff in Athens and gain the coveted scholarship to play between the hedges.
"Everyone at Dawg Night is the big fish in their bowl and No.1 from their city, but I just tried to stay humble and show Georgia that I have talent too," Brown said.