Posted: 10:30 am Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Dwyer DE Malik Brown commits to Syracuse 

By Matt Porter

Malik Brown had several ACC and Big Ten schools recruiting him through his senior season at Dwyer. They were at his house constantly in the frenzied period following the end of the college football regular season, where college recruiters show up at a top recruit’s door seemingly every waking hour.

Syracuse always made him feel comfortable, which is one of the reasons why he committed to play there Wednesday night.

Brown (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

Brown (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post)

“It just felt like home away from home, you know?” he said. “I had an amazing bond with coaches and players and plus I have a [lot] of family that lives in New York.”

Brown, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end, was strongly pursued by Minnesota, who showed up to talk to him just as much as Syracuse. He said the Gophers were one of his final two schools.

He also had offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Mississippi State and USF. Tennessee came on the scene in December, visiting him at home. Brown said several SEC schools showed interest, but not enough for him to seriously consider playing there. Bethune-Cookman made a late push as well; Brown’s older brother, Mark, plans to transfer there from New Mexico.

At Syracuse, he’ll get to play with a former teammate, Dwyer alum Julian Whigham. The Orange also have a commitment from American Heritage senior tight end Tyler Provo.

Brown, the No. 6 prospect on the PBGametime Big Board, was voted Mr. Gametime as fans’ choice for Post preseason player of the year.

Brown, who transferred from Palm Beach Gardens after his sophomore season, was the leader of a Dwyer (9-3) defense that allowed 6.83 points and 113 yards per game, both area bests.