Huntsville, Texas native Malik Brown expects to continue his athletic career as the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off tonight.
Brown attended Huntsville High School where he lettered in football basketball and track. Brown received first team all-district honors in football and second team all-district in basketball senior year.
“I always played basketball and baseball also. I didn’t decide that football was initially it for me until like junior year of high school,” said Brown.
After finding success in high school, Brown took his talents to Tarleton State University. While at Tarleton State in 2015, Brown recorded two pass breakups and 24 total tackles.
However, following his performance at Tarleton State University, Brown elected to transfer to Henderson State University.
“I decided to come here after transferring from Tarleton State University. It was an excellent opportunity, and I made the most of it,” said Brown.
Brown recorded 73 total tackles, nine pass deflections, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery while a member of the Henderson State football program.
Playing professional is something Brown has wanted to do since he started playing sports.
Brown reflected on his childhood. Specifically, Brown highlighted players that he grew up idolizing. Players that he learned from and ultimately developed him into the player he is today.
“Growing up I played quarterback, so I wanted to be like Michael Vick bad,” Brown said. “Once I moved to safety, I loved how Ed Reed played the game.”
A lot of college athletes endure obstacles. However, for Brown, it was a growing experience both on and off the field.
“Just growing up and becoming a man, along with school and football being how it was,” Brown said. “Football was what I put my all into and it safe to say that made everything else easier here.”
Brown is a talented athlete with much upside. Brown has quick lateral speed and is a textbook tackler. With many teams looking to bolster their secondary, Brown could experience an opportunity to land on an NFL roster.