GRANITEVILLE — At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Midland Valley senior Kameron Brown has the size coaches are looking for in a wide receiver.

Throw in his 807 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 52 catches a year ago for a Mustang team on the rise, and Brown is a solid choice for the No. 4 spot in The Standard 10.

“It’s a great feeling for me,” said Brown, noting that he wasn’t a big-name player after his sophomore year despite a 400-yard season. “So to make that big step in progress from my sophomore year to my junior year was a great feeling.”

Midland Valley head coach Rick Knight said the mounting attention will definitely affect the way Brown is defended during the 2014 campaign. His receiving totals from 2013 could have been even higher had he not missed time early in the year with a knee injury, which kept him out for part of one game and all of another during a 6-5 season for the Mustangs.

“Everybody knows he’s a weapon now, and they’re going to have to adjust one way or another to cover him,” Knight said. “Hopefully, it’s not that big a deal have more than one on him.”

Even coaches who had no prior strategic reason to be dissecting Brown’s game have taken notice. First-year Strom Thurmond head coach Antwuan Hillary, an offensive coordinator when the two teams met last October, had no shortage of adjectives to describe the receiver.

“Just a big, tall, physical, athletic receiver,” Hillary said. “He requires a lot of attention, just because you don’t want them hanging one up.”

In the teams’ season-ending matchup. a 34-27 win for the Rebels that decided the Region 5-AAA title, Brown had seven catches for 118 yards and all four Mustang touchdowns.

According to Knight, the game showcased Brown’s best asset as a receiver, his knack for “going up and catching the ball in crowds.” But he also displayed other abilities, even in a loss. Time after time, whether the play ran as designed or quarterback Daniel Carr had to scramble, Brown was there to haul in leaping catches along the sideline or sliding catches in the corner of the end zone.

While Carr has been impressive as a young quarterback, Knight said that Brown takes pressure off the signal caller by not requiring him to be perfect.

“He expects to catch everything, no matter how poor the pass is,” the coach said.

For his part, Brown said he has no preference as to what route he runs, but he does enjoy putting his size to good use.

“I wouldn’t say a favorite route, but I love jump balls,” he said.

In the offseason, Brown spends a good bit of his time playing power forward for the Mustangs’ basketball team. Both he and Knight said that the rebounding aspect of his efforts on the court – Brown averaged 5.3 boards to go with 12 points per game as a junior – help him hone his leaping and catching skills for the gridiron.

“I’ve joked for years that I wished I had one wideout that played basketball and a safety that played basketball, and now I’ve got one,” Knight said.

Brown fills both roles for the football team, when needed. He added an interception to his night against the Rebels, and he picked off a pair of passes in the end zone in Midland Valley’s 19-14 win over Airport.

While Knight would love to save his star receiver’s energy for the offensive side of the ball, he’ll use Brown wherever the need arises. He added that Brown has been asking to play as much as possible both ways during summer passing leagues.

“If the situation calls for it, he’s going to be there,” Knight said.

Brown’s looking to go out with a big senior year. Taking aim at the first NCAA Division I scholarship for a Midland Valley football player, Brown’s aware that his high school career will only go as far as the Mustangs can go this season.

Brown has received offers from Elon, Gardner-Webb, Morgan State and Georgia Southern, all part of the Football Championship Subdivision of the D-I level.

“I think about it a lot because if I don’t go out good this year … then I won’t feel good about myself,” he said.

For now, Brown and his teammates are focused on making the season as successful as possible. He’s aware of the “high expectations” that could face a team that has such offensive firepower returning, which includes running back Dré Carr, and the senior leader said the Mustangs are embracing the challenge.

“We’re going to have some big things coming up this season,” he said.

Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. Follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.

This story is the seventh part in a series highlighting The Standard 10, the top 10 Players to Watch in the Aiken area for the rapidly approaching high school football season.

• July 21 — No. 10 DeAngilo Drayton, SB

• July 22 — No. 9 Dalton Swires, FC

• July 23 — No. 8 Tyree Stidem, ST

• July 24 — No. 7 Rashad Byrd, NA

• July 25 — No. 6 Malik Lee, SA

• July 26 — No. 5 Chad Gilchrist, ST

• Today — No. 4 Kameron Brown, MV

• Monday — No. 3

• Tuesday — No. 2

• Wednesday — No. 1

The order was determined by Aiken Standard sports editor Noah Feit, staff writers Jeremy Timmerman and Eric Russell, North Augusta Star news editor Scott Rodgers and staff writer T.J. Lundeen, as well as ASTV broadcasters Ed Girardeau and Ken Brace.