Effingham County High School

ECHS' Brown clicks with Benedict


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May 18, 2016

By Patrick Donahue


Philip Brown clicked right away with the coaches from Benedict College. When he visited the Columbia, S.C., campus, he was hooked.

The Effingham County High School senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday with the Division II school, where he will play football.

“It feels really good, Brown said of signing. “I love playing this game and I’m glad I get the opportunity to play it on a higher level.

Brown, who played quarterback and also took snaps at receiver and safety in the 2015 season, was named a first-team all-Region 3-AAAAA selection as an athlete. He threw for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns, with only one interception. Brown also rushed for 757 yards and nine scores.

Brown took over at quarterback late in the 2013 season, getting the start in the state playoff game against Lee County.

“I had to put in a lot of work, he said. “This summer, we drilled and drilled. I made a big jump this year trying to be a leader on the field and off the field.

Rebels coach Buddy Holder praised Brown for meeting his academic obligations in order to have a signing day.

“That’s what all kids strive to do, the coach said. “To make the strides he made is what I enjoy most as coach, seeing kids improve, overcome adversity and continue to develop as a player and always maintain his discipline. He stayed true to his character and that helped him reach his potential here at Effingham County. It’s going to be exciting to see how he develops over the next four years at Benedict. “We’re very proud of Philip today. This is kind of icing on the cake.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Brown also took snaps at receiver, catching three passes for 93 yards, and played safety.

“He could have played outside linebacker, Holder said. “He’s that kind of an athlete. It’s very special for us.

Brown also was a key part of the Rebels’ basketball team. He missed one game because of a knee injury but finished the season averaging 11.2 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game.

“In football, everything ran through him. In basketball, he had to take on a different role, said Rebels basketball coach Jake Darling. “It wasn’t his main sport but it was a sport he loved and a sport he got better at every day. He did a lot of good things for us and he was a big part of our success this season. He did a lot of the things people don’t like doing — rebounding, guarding the best players. I’m proud of him.

At Benedict, Brown will concentrate on football and is expected to play quarterback there, though he enjoyed being a two-sport standout.

“It keeps me in shape, he said. “It keeps me focused on my schoolwork and on my behavior in school.

With graduation and the end of high school imminent, Brown admittedly was nervous about his future.

“It was crazy, he said. “I was really worried about it but by the grace of God, I got the opportunity to play.

Holder said Brown and fellow recent signee Brant Huff could help keep college coaches interested in future Rebels football players.

“They are going to be ambassadors for our school and our program, he said. “Now it’s very, very important for them to go off and reach their potential because those keep doors open. They may come back and get another guy.

Brown does foresee himself returning to ECHS.

“I want to come back and coach one day, he said.

Buddy: We’re very proud of Phillip today. The first thing he did was he did what he had to academically to get accepted. This is kind of icing on the cake. He’s going to be an ambassador for our school and our program. Now it’s very, very important for them to go off and reach their potential because those keep doors open. They may come back and get another guy Jake: In football, everything ran through him. In basketball, he had to take on a different role. It wasn’t his main sport but it was a sport he loved and a sport he got better at every day. He did a lot of good things for us and he was a big part of our success this season. He did a lot of the things people don’t like doing — rebounding, guarding the best players. I’m proud of him. PJ: It feels really good. I love playing this game and I’m glad I get the opportunity to play it on a higher level. It was crazy. I was really worried about it but by the grace of God, I got the opportunity to play. It keeps me in shape. It keeps me focused on my schoolwork and on my behavior in school. I just love the lights at night and everybody cheering your name. It’s a feeling you’ll never get, unless you play it. When he came to see me, we clicked right then. I made my visit and I loved it. Play quarterback. I had to put in a lot of work. This summer, we drilled and drilled. I made a big jump this year trying to be a leader on the field and off the field. I know I can’t let them down. I want to come back and coach one day. Buddy: He always stayed out of trouble and he always worked to improve. Watching his development over the last four years and the corners he turned, he was such an integral part. He could have played outside linebacker. He’s that kind of an athlete. It’s very special for us. That’s what all kids strive to do. To make the strides he made is what I enjoy most as coach, seeing kids improve, overcome adversity and continue to develop as a player and always maintain his discipline. He stayed true to his character and that helped him reach his potential here at Effingham County. It’s going to be exciting to see how he develops over the next four years at Benedict.



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