Trevor Brown was the anchor of the offensive and defensive lines at Waverly last fall. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound junior helped the Vikings finish 8-2 with a quarterfinal appearance in the Class B playoffs.
After an excellent junior campaign where he recorded a team-best 59 tackles with 32 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks as a defensive tackle, Brown’s recruitment has started to heat up.
The attention hasn’t resulted in an offer yet. Brown, who also won a Class B heavyweight state title in February, is in the same boat as many other prospects across the nation who haven’t had the chance to visit schools and coaching staffs in person due to the NCAA’s extended dead period. When that period is finally lifted and prospects are able to travel to schools, Brown said he wants to visit and attend camps at Nebraska, Iowa State and North Dakota State — all of which have reached out to him.
Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock was in Waverly last year and chatted with Brown and head coach Reed Mandstedt. Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander recently contacted Brown saying the Husker coaching staff wanted to see him in action at a potential camp this summer.
A starter at left tackle since his freshman year, Brown is mainly getting looked at to play defense at the next level. That’s not a shock, either, as Brown was a terror for opposing offensive lines to block.
“A lot of the coaches talk to me about playing nose guard, because of my speed,” Brown said. “With my size, some of them were talking about maybe moving me to a blitzing linebacker.”
Make no mistake about it — Brown loves playing on the D-line and battling offensive linemen.
“It’s a lot of fun. It was almost like every single play I had to be double-teamed last year,” Brown said. “So it’s fun and I have a really good time playing there.”
Brown isn’t built like your typical interior lineman. Since he’s one of those who lives in the weight room, he can squat 585 pounds and bench 370. He credits Waverly’s weight coach Anthony Harms for helping him achieve those numbers.
“I have under 20 percent body fat, I’m not a fat guy,” Brown said. “So that, combined with my strength, I can just blow through people before they even get off the ball.”
Brown will compete in track this spring, throwing the discus and shot. He moves so well for someone his size that a track coach entertained the idea of him being a member of the 4×400-meter relay.
“I had to tell him, ‘Coach, I’m sorry, but there’s no way I’m running this 400,’” Brown joked.
Interest from the next level means Brown has a big summer in front of him.
“I want to go to as many camps as people want me at,” he said. “I’ll try to get as much exposure as I can. That’s mainly what my plan is for this summer.”