Dee Brown has seen his fair share of talented football players come through the doors of his speed and agility training organization, 2Tenths.
Dozens of City League and WPIAL players have gone on to become collegiate and even NFL players after going under Brown’s tutelage, and while the humble director won’t take credit for their accomplishments, he’s certainly in a position to be able to notice and evaluate the qualities that make a successful future collegiate and pro athlete.
One of those players that has worked under Brown is junior Westinghouse lineman Dayon Hayes. After an under-the-radar start to his college recruitment, things took off in the last year for Hayes, and he recently committed to Pitt, picking his hometown Panthers over Ohio State, Penn State and others.
Brown says Hayes has a quickness that is special, and unlike most of the players that he’s worked with — a list that includes reigning two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.
And you don’t have to take his word for it. You can ask those players that have gone through the program and continue to come back to help.
“Guys like Aaron Donald, Trey Hester, Will Clarke, those guys have seen him,” Brown said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “When you see him get off the ball, it’s just like, ‘Hold on, what’s this? He gets off like (Donald).’ That’s not me saying it. These are guys that are in the NFL. They’re like ‘This guy has got something.’
“Pitt got a special player. Forget all the rankings. Let’s throw that out of the door. He’s just special.”
Here’s more on what Brown had to say about Pitt’s latest local recruit:
On the fit at Pitt: “Charlie Partridge offers him first. Look at the guys that he’s coached.”
On playing in the City League: “Look at his high school film. They weren’t just playing against City League teams, because there aren’t enough teams. It’s WPIAL schools, too.”
On if he’d have a higher profile at a bigger school: “Five star. No doubt, five star. He’s just got it. It’s not me. It’s the guys that played on that level saying this.”
Is there more undiscovered talent in the City League? “There’s guys that are Division I athletes. Westinghouse probably has 3-5 Division I athletes on their team, but people don’t know too much about them. … I’m not saying they’ll go Division I, but athletically, yes.”