Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel After taking a year off to pursue his basketball interest, Douglas County senior John Brown earns a football scholarship to Charleston Southern.

At the start of his junior year, John Brown was convinced that basketbal would be his sport in college.

However, as the season went on, Brown had a change of heart about the sport he had played the majority of his life.

Brown decided to give football another try.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound was back on the football field making an impact for Douglas County, which enjoyed one of its best season in several years.

Brown worked his way into the starting lineup and became a impact player for one of the state’s best defense.

And that play didn’t go unnoticed by several college coaches.

Brown was offered scholarships to West Georgia, Lenoir-Rhyne, Elon and Charleston Southern.

On Tuesday afternoon, a day before National Signing Day, Brown decided to commit to Charleston Southern, a NCAA Div. I FCS school.

“There was nothing that I didn’t like about Charleston Southern,” Brown said.

What makes his story even more special is that right after the season, Brown suffered a knee injury playing pickup basketball in the school gym.

It could have potentially cost him his scholarship. However, after successful surgery and given a clean bill of health, school continued to pursue the defensive end/defensive tackle.

“He really earned those offers by the work he has put in,” Tigers coach Johnny White said. “All the college coaches told me there was no worries because he was checked out by their doctors. John has really worked and he will continue to work to get back on the field.”

What was also appealing to colleges was his 3.66 grade-point average and high test school. Charleston Southern offered a full athletic scholarship, which helped him make his decision.

“It will be no cost to my parents,” Brown said.

He is the youngest of three sisters, who all played or playing basketball in college. Brown’s father, John Sr., played college basketball at Southern Mississippi and his older brother, Shan Foster, played basketball at Vanderbilt.

This wasn’t the first time that John Brown Jr. sustained an injury. As a sophomore his season was cut short with a broken ankle injury. He decided not play is junior year and concentrate on basketball.

However, he quickly realize that football would be his best option of playing in college.

“Basketball just didn’t have that same feel for me,” Brown said. “I looked at everything and thought football was the better fit.”

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