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July 27, 2011While the top 12 players in the state were gathered in Jackson for the Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen photo shoot, an underrated receiver just down the street at Jim Hill High School called Dan Mullen and committed to Mississippi State.
Frederick Brown, who had been gaining interest after good showings at Ole Miss and MSU camps, chose the Bulldogs as his future team on Wednesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-1, 166-pound wide receiver camped at MSU last Friday and impressed the coaches enough to get an offer.
Brown has been listed at running the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds and has been catching the eye of more big schools, as MSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt were the only SEC schools showing him interest.
Ultimately, Brown said he liked Mullen and Starkville the best.
"I've already been to Mississippi State a few times, and went to camp Friday," Brown said. "I really liked the campus, the whole school. They've got the major I want to major in."
The apparently ambitious Brown is planning to major in pre-med at MSU.
In addition to wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, Brown said he talked frequently with Mullen and running backs coach Greg Knox as he made his decision.
Other than the atmosphere and academics, Brown said the MSU offense was what attracted the receiver to the Bulldogs.
"The wide receiver coach and coach Mullen told me that after Chris Relf leaves they're going to do five-set receivers and start throwing the ball a lot more," Brown said. "They said they said they didn't really have a go-to receiver to stretch the field and they want me to be that guy."
Brown said he was happy to get his commitment out of the way early so he focus on two-a-days for Jim Hill and learning the new offense, saying he's excited about his team this season.
However, Brown said he has not entirely shut his recruitment down, though it may not matter.
"I'm probably going to listen to what other people have to say, but I already know what school I'm going to," Brown said.
He said he will visit MSU in the fall, as well as maybe a couple other visits, and he is solid in his commitment to the Bulldogs.