The Growth of
a Sleeping Giant
ANOTHER TOP PLAYER IN THE STATE COMES from Gwinnett. And again, he’s a defensive lineman. Following the likes of defensive end Robert
Nkimdiche (Grayson) and hybrid pass-rusher Lorenzo
Carter (Norcross), Derrick Brown is more of the traditional
He’s tall and built, already over 300 pounds but still
fast enough to play any position on the line.
He comes from an unfamiliar school — Lanier —
in Sugar Hill that opened in 2010. Thanks to players
like Brown, it didn’t take long for the Longhorns to start
winning. Lanier won nine games in 2013 and 10 last
Now Brown is the No. 7 player in the country, accord-
ing to 247Sports, after recording over 100 tackles and
17. 5 sacks as a junior. He essentially has his pick of
any school from the Power Five conferences.
With the state continually churning out top linemen,
Brown is part of a group in this year’s senior class that
most recruiting experts considers the best the Peach
State has ever had.
That’s high praise considering the state’s history.
Brown’s impact at upstart Lanier has been immense
as the team has quickly established a winning
For Lanier and Brown, the time to win big is now.
Lanier High School | Buford | Senior | Defensive Lineman
6-4, 305 | 247 RANKING: Five-star, No. 1 in Georgia,
No. 4 nationally
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST: John Legend
FAVORITE TV SHOW: ESPN
HOBBIES: Playing basketball, watching ESPN
FAVORITE MOVIE: Life
PLANS TO MAJOR IN: Business Marketing
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: Dad
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE HE’S RECEIVED:
Don’t accept being average.
DREAM TALENT: Play piano
FAVORITE PART OF PLAYING FOOTBALL:
“Winning and bonding with my teammates.”