Freedom RB Tyquan Brown (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
After a season at ASA Junior College, Tyquan Brown will head to Fullerton
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
TyQuan Brown, the leading rusher in Prince William County history, went to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce his commitment to continue playing football at Fullerton College in California.
Brown, who played under coach Darryl Overton at Freedom High in Woodbridge, had spent last season with Advanced Software Analysis College, a JUCO program in Brooklyn, NY. However, his academic and athletic interests quickly began to evolve in another direction. He called another one of his former Freedom coaches, Kirk Peterson, for help.
Peterson, now a running back coach at Loudoun County High, specializes in recruiting and now works with other Raider players, as well as several other local athletes. As he noted when describing Brown’s situation, “I had to go deep in the bag for this one.” Peterson contacted Phil Austin, the defense and special teams coach at Fullerton, and progressively the move toward the West Coast came to fruition.
Said Brown, “ (Peterson) asked me to take a look at them when I told him I was thinking about leaving ASA College. Overall I just feel like it’s a much better fit for me as far as school and football.” With ASA, Brown rushed for 553 yards and six touchdowns for an 8-2 Avenger squad that played a schedule of junior college teams, including Louisburg and Lackawanna.
The Hornets, under first year coach Garret Campbell, finished 5-5 last season in the SCFA (Southern California Association). However, the Hornets program has helped elevate hundreds of players to a higher college level, and several of its alumni, including former safety Brig Owens of the “Over the Hill” Washington Redskins of the early 1970’s, quarterback Steve DeBerg (34,241 NFL passing yards), and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, got their start at Fullerton.
As a senior at Freedom, Brown rushed for over 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a 13-2 record and Class 6 state championship berth in 2018. For his prep career, Brown rushed for almost 6,800 yards.
– Jim McGrath