– Dylan Brown will have the chance to live a dream that he's always had. Play football at the college level. That dream became reality when the Avon Park standout signed his letter-of-intent to attend and play for the Walsh University Cavaliers on Wednesday.
To make the dream even bigger, Brown and the Cavaliers play their home games at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
"The biggest reason for going to Walsh University," said Brown, "was that it was the most financially affordable for me to go there."
Brown will be getting a full ride at Walsh University that he and his father, Mike Brown, said was important because he would not be in debt when he graduated.
Brown was recruited personally by Ted Karras Jr. when he was the head coach at Marian University. Karras had five winning seasons in six years at Marion, including winning a second consecutive Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Championship in 2012.
When Karras left Marion University to become the head coach at Walsh University, a Division II school, he kept Brown in mind and continued to recruit him, now for Walsh University.
Brown stated that he would only be playing football for the Cavaliers.
"When I was being recruited some schools wanted me just for wrestling, some for football, some for both," the Red Devil athlete said. "Football has always been my dream to play in college."
Brown played on the varsity football team all four years. He is currently finishing up his fourth year on the varsity wrestling squad as they head to regionals this week.
Brown was also a member of the weightlifting team and was a team captain for all three sports.
During that time has been honored with several awards and achievements to include the following:
In football from 2010-2012, he was named First Team for All District, All Area, and All County. He was also selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Classic in 2012.
In wrestling he has had over 100 career wins. He won championships in 2011-13 in the Spiegel Invitational, 2011-12 at the Red Devil Invitational and 2013 at the Okeechobee Invitational.
He won district championships in 2011 and 2012, runner-up at regional and placed fifth at the state finals in 2012. He was also named the Highlands Today All-Highlands Wrestler of the Year in 2012.
If that wasn't enough, he was also the regional champion in weightlifting in 2011-2012.
Though sports is an important part of Brown's life, academics is equally important as he maintained a 3.5 grade point average in high school. He has also done more than 150 hours of community service, currently with the American Cancer Society.