Defensive tackle Derrick Brown from Lanier High (Buford, Ga.) was named the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year on Friday night in San Antonio.
The sixth annual honor was presented at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show, held each year on the night before the game.
Brown, who also was a finalist for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, is ranked No. 8 overall by 247Sports and No. 13 in the ESPN 300. He also is ranked as the third-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation. He finished his high school career with 192 solo tackles and 33 sacks and averaged 7.7 tackles per game.
The selection committee said of Brown: “Brown is one of the most instinctual defensive tackles in high school football in recent years. He not only has good size and more than adequate speed, but he has a knack for reading routes, rarely bites on double moves and closes on the football quickly.”
Brown, who will announce his commitment on National Signing Day, is down to five schools: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. He has three official visits remaining.
The other finalists were:
- Kash Daniel, LB, Paintsville (Ky.)
- Brenden Ferns, LB, St. Clairsville (Ohio)
- Lavert Hill, DB, Martin Luther King (Detroit)
- Josh King, DL, Hinsdale South (Darien, Ill.)
- Dexter Lawrence, DL, Wake Forest (N.C.)