NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Although 3-star quarterback Hank Brown sat behind Cincinnati signee Luther Richesson for Nashville’s Lipscomb Academy last season, that has not prevented him from generating serious interest from Power Five schools including offers from Illinois and Pittsburgh. Brown will get a chance to seize control of the Mustangs’ offense this fall as a senior in pursuit of a second straight state championship, and he put his offseason development on display Monday night at Lipscomb Academy’s college showcase.
Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Tennessee, Minnesota, NC State, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt were among the Power Five programs in attendance and saw Brown show a strong combination of arm strength and accuracy during drills and 11-on-11 action. Brown measured in at 6-foot-4, 196 pounds and therefore brings an ideal physical profile for the position as well.
“Coming into this, I think we try not to make it a bigger deal than it is—just a practice for us to get better as a team,” Brown told 247Sports. “That’s one thing that we emphasized to the guys around the team. We want to showcase our talents. We have a super talented team. We just want to make sure that we get better every day, and this is a great opportunity for us to get better, learn how to talk to college coaches, learn how to interact with them and still work under pressure.”
Brown is a pocket passer, but he did show promising accuracy and zip on the ball when throwing on the move and off platform outside the pocket. Brown dropped a number of touch passes downfield into small windows against tight coverage from a talented group of defensive backs for the Mustangs that includes 4-star 2024 cornerback Kaleb Beasley.
Brown has learned from former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and current Mustangs head coach Trent Dilfer since transferring to Lipscomb Academy last June and appears poised to be the program’s latest hot quarterback recruit. With interest in Brown potentially ramping up this summer, the Illinois native said he will pay close attention to his personal interactions with coaches.
“I think that coaches, how they care about you, and how they treat you—just like personal relationships—having that with them is a big thing,” Brown said. “That’s probably one of the biggest things, but also just knowing football and really just a great relationship, great program.”
As for which new programs have shown interest in Brown, the rising senior did not tip his hand. Vanderbilt has been monitoring Brown and had offensive coordinator Joey Lynch in attendance on Monday, but the Commodores already have one quarterback committed in 3-star Denham Springs (Louisiana) prospect Reese Mooney.
Brown indicated that he is not looking to wait around before committing. The Mustangs open their 2022 season on Aug. 19 at Milton (Ga.), and Brown said he would like to have a decision before then.
“I think that obviously expediting the process, making it quicker, is more beneficial, especially at the quarterback position because most schools can only take one,” Brown said. “So I think getting it (done) before the season would be for sure beneficial for me and that’s what I’m looking to do. But I’m still figuring out where my timetable is. We’ll know more soon. And I have great people around me like Coach Dilfer and my parents who also help me with that.”