MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Truth be told, Amanii Brown needs something to do.
Morgantown High's massive yet mobile left tackle is already one of the state's premier players. As far as West Virginia University is concerned, he's good enough to be a part of the 2014 recruiting class. The Mountaineers offered Brown a scholarship in June, a few days after he was named the MVP of one of the team's summer camps, and Brown accepted so that he could play for the only school he really wanted to play for.
"It's a stress-reliever," he said. "I don't have to work now knowing college is paid for."
So forgive him, not for thinking he was short on motivation or that he had nothing left to prove, but for finding his own way to stay driven for himself and productive for his teammates.
"I don't want to say anything that sounds bad," the senior said, "but one of my little messing around goals this season is to see if I can get an offer at defensive end. That would be fun. I wouldn't think about it, but I do want to see if I can get one."
The explanations vary and can amuse, but Brown didn't play a lot of defense last season.
"I've been playing defensive end since my freshman year, but I didn't play much last season because they didn't think I was very good," he said behind a wide smile.
Brown played as a freshman at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg, but didn't play football as a sophomore. In the midst of that school year, he moved to Morgantown and made an immediate impact at practice last summer.
"We didn't know if he was a tight end, we didn't know if he was a defensive lineman," Bowers said. "We just didn't know, so we tried him at a whole bunch of places and he settled in really well as an offensive linemen."
Morgantown had two good defensive ends last season, which kept Brown on the sideline for a lot of the defensive snaps, but he addressed a need on the offensive line. Brown was a 6-foot-6, 260-pound guard.
Now 10 pounds heavier, he'll be at left tackle for the Mohigans and what figures to be a traditional I-formation offense that follows a solid set of running backs.
"He was a guard because even with his size, he pulls," Bowers said. "This year, for high school, he's a tackle, but he's going to play guard in college - that's where they want him. And he can snap. He's a long snapper, a short snapper and he can play center for us as well. He's just a real versatile kid. Tremendously agile."
He's versatile and agile enough to be a factor on defense, too. Brown doesn't know how long is arms are, but he said his wingspan is greater than his height and close to seven feet. He knows he's armed with knowing what offensive linemen don't like to deal with from defensive linemen.
"What better way to get in a tackle's mind than by being a tackle?" he said.
Brown presents the potential for plenty of problems on the end on defense, too.