College Signing

Jace Brown to play football at Guilford College

April 21, 2014 

Jace Brown signs with Guilford College to play football with (seated) his parents, Eric and Robin Brown, (standing, from left) Clayton principal Clint Eaves, Jace's uncle, Eric Edwards, assistant football coaches Anthony Barbour and Vernon Brigman, Jace's aunt, Joy Hubbard, and Clayton guidance counselor Jacque Harris.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Eric and Robin Brown

High School: Clayton

Position: Running Back

Height, Weight: 5-foot-9, 205 pounds

Also Considered: Fayetteville State, Methodist, Randolph Macon, Shaw

Why Guilford? “Just overall, there was a good vibe there. I liked the campus, it’s not overrun with a whole bunch of people. I liked the coaches, they made me feel like I was at home and made to be a Quaker.”

Major: Physical Therapy

Notable: Jace has played the Jerome Bettis-type role for the Comets in the past two seasons. As the season progressed and the running got tougher and colder, the bigger of a role that he played in the Clayton offense. He finished both of those season with more than 1,000 yards rushing. He ran for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in Clayton’s wing-T attack which features several backs and backed that up with an 1,113-yard, 12-touchdown season in 2013. … Being patient for his time to come was a lesson he learned. “I just always looked at like I should put myself last,” he said. “That’s a lesson that me and (fellow college signee) Gabe (Lewis) have learned over the past three years. Just be ready when it’s time to help your team win.” Jace added that the family of Clayton football helps make adjusting to different roles from game-to-game easier. … He’ll shift to an offense at Guilford that’s much different than Clayton’s. The Quakers run the spread with one back. “I feel like I can run in any offense,” Jace said. “I’m more agile than people think I am. I know I’m going to have to improve my first step and speed.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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