Brown the prototype at CB

Updated: September 29, 2002, 11:00 PM ET
By by Tom Lemming, football recruiting analyst | football recruiting analyst
I first saw my No. 18 prospect -- DB Tarell Brown (6-0, 180, 4.3) of North Mesquite, Texas -- a year ago when his coach, Steve Bragg, sent me highlight film of 2001 U.S. Army All-American LB Aaron Harris. Though I was primarily evaluating Harris at the time, Brown definitely got my attention as a dominant CB.

Tarell Brown
Tarell Brown has size and speed.
It's rare to find a defensive back with such a total package of size and talent. He's a true 6-footer, and that, combined with his flexibility, body control and outstanding recovery speed, make him the most coveted CB in the nation.

As a junior he played TB, rushing for some 1,200 yards and 16 TDs on 120 carries while playing against the toughest competition in the area. He was used only sparingly at CB because of the team's needs at RB. But when did play play on defense, he established a reputation as the best cover corner around. As a sophomore, he had more than 50 tackles, 3 INTs and 11 passes broken up while covering some of that season's top WR prospects.