Russ Mann is stepping into a great situation as the new head ball coach for the Ben Davis Giants. The cupboard was not left bare by his predecessor Jason Simmons. The nine-time IHSAA football state champions return several explosive offensive and defensive weapons. None more dangerous than all-state performer Nylan Brown. The rising senior has been pretty busy this offseason, ensuring that him and his teammates make a push for ten. Brown is a thick-bodied athlete, that has visibly added lean muscle over the winter. He’s an explosive player at 233-pounds. He most recently won the MIC conference shot title in track with a throw of 57’9″. We caught up with Nylan at the College Day Combine on Sunday in Indianapolis and he shared his thoughts on his recruitment and outlook for the Giants this season.

Brown holds nearly a dozen offers, including one from Indiana University. He described his most recent visit to Western Michigan as “home” as he is originally from Michigan. “I loved it” as he recalled the visit. He referenced his relationship with Coach David Denham as a big factor and how the two kicked it off his freshman year. Not only is Brown a phenomenal football player, he hits the books as hard as he does opposing ball carriers. He currently boasts a 3.94 GPA and several IVY League programs have shown interest. West Virginia, and Louisville has been showing more interest and several Power 5 programs have expressed being in attendance to checkout Brown and others at the Giants’ college day workout.

The goal for Brown this upcoming season is not your typical “win a state championship” or earn “all state” answer. He offered a little more insight on the type of person he is and the character he has. When asked about his aspirations this fall, he answered “To make guys better on my team”. Brown added “We’re developing leaders right now. Everyone’s goal is the state championship, but developing leaders is the main thing for me”. With the leadership of Brown and others, look for the Giants to be among the favorites to compete for a 6A title this fall.