By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
When Tre Brown was in his early teens, he would spend his time out on the basketball court dreaming of his future as a hoops star. His mother, Sharon Triplett, had other ideas.
“My mom made me play football,” Brown said. “My family really likes football and that’s what she wanted me to do, so I gave it a try.”
Triplett’s motherly instincts were good ones. On Saturday the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Brown will take the field as part of the South team in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game being played at Gulfport. Kick-off for the game, which will be televised on WTVA in Tupelo, is set for 11:30 a.m.
The Choctaw County High School standout said he will be happy whether he plays defensive end or defensive tackle in the all-star game, but freely admits there is one thing about football he really likes.
“I like pass rushing,” he said. “To me sacks are the most important thing. I do like getting sacks, but to be honest I just like hitting people.”
“He is the guy, frame-wise, that colleges are looking for,” said CCHS head football coach Adam Dillinger. “He really has a good upside. He is a big guy, but can put on more weight and get stronger.”
Dillinger says Brown has played some tight end at times during his high school year, but expects the defensive side of the ball to hold his feature.
“Once he gets somewhere and really learns the position he will do well,” Dillinger said.
Brown has received offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and USM, but at this time says he is learning toward MSU if his grades allow him to sign an NCAA Division I scholarship out of high school. If not, then he may go the junior college route and then move on to a larger school.
Brown still plays basketball, and in fact has played in 10 games already this season for the Chargers. But, he says the transition back to the football field shouldn’t cause him many problems this week.
“I’m ready to get back on the football field,” he said. “It’s really an honor to be chosen and I’m excited about it. I just want to be seen playing football on TV.”
He will get that opportunity Saturday and then will set his sites on college football and many more television appearances.