DeTraveon Brown had one of the most interesting recruiting processes of in 2020. Wouldn’t you know, it involved Lane Kiffin’s new program.
DeTraveon Brown, a senior at Northwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, announced on Wednesday that he would be heading to Ole Miss in an emotional press conference with his friends and family, during which he signed a letter of commitment to play for the Rebels.
“I believe in the Lane Kiffin word. He told me I could come, change Ole Miss around and I stuck with his word. They in the SEC and they play on the biggest stage and I just took his word and I fell in love with it when I went out there,” Brown told local media at his signing.
However, Ole Miss never announced Brown’s signing. The school later revealed that they had not offered Brown a scholarship and that they had no paperwork on him.
Brown took to Twitter Thursday morning to explain the situation, citing an assumption based on verbal reassurances from the Ole Miss program as the reason for the miscommunication. Brown’s mother also issued an apology for the confusion.
Talking to 247Sports about the debacle, Brown said, “[Ole Miss coach Derrick Nix] told me that they flipped a receiver, told me that there was no more room for me. It’s a crazy business. I don’t hold any hard feelings.”
DeTraveon Brown To North Texas
Now, Brown is on his way to North Texas, having committed to play for the Mean Green before the national signing period ended. The signing makes North Texas the No.1 recruiting class in Conference USA and No. 67 nationally according to 247Sports. Brown also had offers from Houston, Kansas, and Colorado State.
A 3-star wide receiver, DeTraveon Brown caught 151 passes for 2,568 yards and 46 touchdowns in his three year career as a starter at Northwood. He confirmed his commitment to North Texas on Twitter on February 6.
While this was undoubtedly an interesting series of events for Brown, its still a happy ending. Brown gets to ball in college, and he will surely be a solid addition to North Texas.