Photo by Derrick Mahone
Stephon Brown (right) looks on as his father signs scholarship papers that will send the former Henry County High standout to Middle Tennessee State on a football scholarship.
Stephon Brown has always heard the criticism of why he would never play Division I college football.
He was always told that he wasn’t tall enough.
At 5 feet 8, Brown was usually one of the smallest players on the field.
Coming out of Henry County High in 2011, Brown had some scholarship offers and he was set to sign with Marshall. However, a low entrance test score put those plans on hold.
Instead of attending a junior college for two years, Brown accepted an offer to the Atlanta Sports Academy. After a standout season for the prep school, he received offers from Central Florida, FSU, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky.
After completing his six-month stay at Atlanta Sports Academy, Brown made the required test score. Wednesday, he signed a scholarship to attend Middle Tennessee State in the Henry County High media center.
“I made my mind up that I was going to do what I had to do to play college football,” Brown said. “I feel good about my decision to go to Middle Tennessee State. I think it is the best place for me. It is a Sun Belt (Conference) team on the rise.”
As a senior at Henry County during the 2010 season, Brown played the slot position on offense and in the secondary on defense. He won the team’s Most Valuable Player award after rushing for 385 yards and having 468 receiving yards.
Brown said he likely will play receiver at Middle Tennessee.
“They basically recruited me as an athlete, but I think I’ll be playing offense,” Brown said. “I’m ready to get to work. There were people that said I would never get to play college football on a high level. I’m putting in the work to prove them wrong.”
Henry County coach Mike Rozier said he expects Brown to succeed in college.
“He has amazing strength,” Rozier said. “I’m really proud that Stephon stuck with it. Middle Tennessee is an outstanding school.”