In what was a monumental senior season for Yulkeith Brown – having won his second consecutive 6A state title at Miami Central – the gifted athlete continued to display the talent programs had been overlooking for years.
Brown, who’s a Texas A&M signee, excelled on both sides of the field during his senior campaign, making his presence felt as the No. 14 ranked ATH in the nation by 247Sports.
And to close the door on what’s been an impressive high school career, Brown opted to play in the Florida-Georgia Game on January 17, giving him one last chance to play at Traz Powell Stadium, also known as the ‘Mecca’ of high school football. In a losing effort, he racked up four catches for roughly 66 yards, along with a miraculous catch called back because of a holding penalty. Still, the 5-foot-10, 174-pounder earned offensive MVP.
“That’s why I really played, because it’s my last time at Traz,” Brown told reporters post-game. “I was just trying to enjoy it with the guys who I know from around the country. We all just teamed up, stayed at the hotel, had fun, enjoyed the week, enjoyed the game.”
Brown noted he was looking forward to play with University of Miami signee Khalil Brantley and Middle Tennessee signee Nick Vattiato.
“It was amazing because it’s our last ride, last chance,” he said. “Some of us wanted to play together but we just couldn’t, had to be rivals. An All-Star game, that’s just amazing because now we could play with each other.”
Now headed to play at College Station, Brown plans to line up as a slot receiver for the Aggies, a spot that brought him great success with the Rockets this past season. He’ll be enrolling late, alongside teammate and four-star RB Amari Daniels.
“Just to get my feet wet, build my relationship around the team and just try to fit in,” Brown said about what he looks to prove as a freshman.
And just like his first-year teammate Terrence Lewis, continuing to put South Florida on the map is vital to Brown’s mindset.
“Before the season we just had, Texas A&M wasn’t really on the map, but now we are,” he said. “Now we’re just going to keep getting better and better. I bet we’ll have a [national championship] before I leave.”