The recruitment process can be long and stressful. And now, three-star cornerback Markevious Brown can finally rest easy after verbally committing to and signing with Ole Miss. The latest signee for Lane Kiffin’s 2021 class kept things awfully close to the vest throughout the cycle, but cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley and the staff’s familiarity with the Sunshine State was too much for Auburn to overcome.
The Pahokee, Fla. native chose the Rebels over notable offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, and Penn State among others.
The nation’s No. 44-ranked cornerback burst onto the scene as a freshman at Pahokee (Fla.), starting three games and breaking up three passes. In 2018, Brown enrolled at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. After playing mostly as a backup in 2019, the newest Rebel worked his way into a starting role on this year’s undefeated, No. 1-ranked Ascenders’ squad.
He finished the 2020 season with three pass break-ups and an interception that he ran back for a touchdown.
COMMITMENT ALERT— Rivals (@Rivals) December 16, 2020
Three-star Florida DB Markevious Brown @Brown27Mark has committed to Ole Miss.@ChadSimmons_ breaks down what Brown is bringing to Oxford:https://t.co/OWlgrFe3c6 pic.twitter.com/WpQubCD8DX
Brown joins a talented bunch in the 2021 defensive back class. He rounds out a group for Terrell Buckley and Blake Gideon that includes four-stars Kyndrich Breedlove and Tysheem Johnson as well as three-stars MJ Daniels, Demarko Williams, Trey Washington, and Elijah Sabbatini.
How does he fit in?
Brown seems to excel in press coverage, using his 6-foot-0, 170-pound frame and long arms to knock receivers off the route at their get-off.
IMG DB Markevious Brown against Agiye Hall pic.twitter.com/asQdPfpcVB— Zach Blostein (@ZBlostein247) January 2, 2020
Despite the slender build, he has a natural feel for the position and seems to thrive when on an island. He possesses nice ball skills and has a knack for being around the football, even in run support. Markevious isn’t a burner, but he has enough speed to run step-for-step with receivers and can win jump balls with a savvy feel for body positioning. He also has exceptional awareness and can come off his man to make plays.
I look for Brown to hit the ground running in Oxford and give them a mature presence on the edge. This is a prospect that has played a lot of snaps at a very high level against some of the nation’s best. Look for him to start out at field corner, but with a few years in the weight room and experience in the SEC, he could be versatile enough to play both for Buckley in the coming years.