BY TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Misericordia University showed interest in Corbin Brown and the Sayre senior reciprocated with a verbal commitment to play wide receiver there starting this fall.
“(Misericordia) definitely had the most interest in me, and I thought it was the best fit for me,” he said.
“I know quite a few people who go there already, so I think it will make it a little more comfortable for me,” noted Brown.
“My sister is also a student there, so I’ve had a couple overnight visits, and I’ve had a chance to see most of the campus,” added Brown. “I really like it.”
Brown was also tempted by the opportunity at early playing time.
“I think there’s a good chance for me to get some playing time earlier than I would at other schools,” he noted.
Brown started 15 games at quarterback in his sophomore and junior seasons, then switched to wide receiver and played his final 14 games at wide receiver, with 35 catches for 521 yards, and six TDs.
Sayre coach Kevin Gorman is excited to see Brown play at the next level, and cites his unselfishness as one of his best qualities.
“It's awesome to see a player like Corbin go to the next level to play,” he said. “I know I have been talking to him about it since last year; telling him that he could for sure play at the next level.
“He was a big part of the past two seasons,” he noted. “It's not very often you see a player give up being the starting QB on a team to move position, but Corbin did it without any fight and he turned out to be a really good wide receiver and cornerback. I'm very excited to see what he does next year.”
Brown says his time at QB has helped him at the wide receiver position.
“Moving from quarterback to receiver definitely helped me a lot,” he said. “When I was quarterback, I knew what I wanted my receivers to do in different types of situations.
“Once I switched over, I knew exactly what I needed to do to help out our quarterback, having been at both positions,” Brown added.
Brown said he prefers wide receiver.
“It definitely got me a lot more opportunity to get the ball in space, as opposed to being at quarterback,” he said. “I definitely liked that a lot better.”
Gorman believes Brown will be successful at the next level.
“He is an athlete,” said Gorman. “He can go up and get the ball and has great hands.
“Corbin also has speed after the catch,” noted Gorman. “Sometimes it catches you off-guard, but when he has the ball in his hands he gets to another gear.
“Another thing that will make him successful is he is a team player and will do whatever is best for the team to win,” he added.
Brown knows he has work to do before he arrives on campus.
“I definitely need to get in the weight room,” he said. “It’s been difficult right now, with everything closed. I’m just trying to do some things on my own.
“I also need to work on my quickness off the ball, and my general speed and quickness,” added Brown. “I just need to get faster.”
Gorman agrees with Brown’s self-assessment.
“He will need to work in the weight room,” he said. “He is 6'2 but he’s thin. Adding weight and getting stronger is key for him.
“Another part he can work on is route-running,” noted Brown. “He has really only played wide receiver for a year and he has a lot to learn, but in college they will help him with that.
“Football is year-round in college and that takes a little time to get used to, but with Corbin just playing one sport it will be easier for him to work on these things,” added Gorman.
Brown is undecided on his major, but is leaning toward majoring in business.
IN PHOTO: Sayre’s Corbin Brown hauls in a catch against Wyalusing. … … PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHY.
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