December 9, 2010

Brown preparing for switch to secondary

MOBILE, Ala. --> Chelarvez Brown earned a stellar reputation during his prep career as a running back.

However, the three-star standout from Winona, Miss., will play safety on Saturday when he and teammates face Team Alabama in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

For Brown, the time in the defensive secondary might as well be training for what's to come. Brown, who committed to Ole Miss during the summer, will begin his Rebel career on that side of the football.

"It's a little different, but I played (defensive back) the whole season at Winona," said Brown, who had 61 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and nine pass break-ups as a senior. "It's not something I'm not used to, but I'm getting back at it and doing drills. It's something I've just got to get used to.

"I'll play strong safety the first year (at Ole Miss). Then I'll probably move to receiver and they said they'll keep running back in mind, just in case I get a little bigger."

Brown, a 6-foot-2, 188-pounder nicknamed "Chief" by friends and teammates, said he hasn't wavered at all on his commitment to Ole Miss, despite pressure from peers committed to Mississippi State and the Rebels' disappointing 4-8 campaign.

"Everybody can have a bad season," Brown said. "So it didn't affect me at all. I'm pretty sold. I love Ole Miss. It's fun hanging with other recruits. I mess with them. They tease me and they try to get me to come to State, but that's not going to happen."

Instead, Brown has been doing some recruiting for Ole Miss in Mobile, working on four-star athlete Nick Brassell and four-star wide receiver Tobias Singleton, in particular.

"I talk to them," Brown said, laughing. "You never know where they're going to go or where they want to in the SEC."

Brown said he plans to focus on his size and speed as well as his cover skills over the next few months as he prepares to report to Ole Miss in the summer.

Rivals.com ranks Brown as the nation's No. 14 all-purpose back as well as the No. 22 prospect in Mississippi.

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