Defensive end Lorenzo Carter is the No. 4 prospect in the 247Composite.
They both are defensive ends.
They both play basketball.
And physically, they practically are mirror images of each other because of their height [6-feet-5 or so], long arms and lack of fat.
Carter, a 2014 standout at Norcross (Ga.), is a five-star prospect and the No 4 overall player in the 247Composite. Brown, a sophomore at Columbus (Ga.) Carver, already is an Alabama commit.
"We play the same way," Brown said after Saturday's Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp, in which he and Carter competed side by side. "We talk to the same schools and everything. We're both long and lean. I know him from basketball. He's like an older brother."
To 247Sports national director of scouting Gerry Hamilton, Brown could be on his way to earning a very high ranking.
"I think Mekhi Brown definitely has the ability to reach that lofty five-star status like Lorenzo," Hamilton said. "I've watched him in person and on video, and he has the size-and-speed ratio with quickness and a frame college coaches covet. The thing that surprised me the most is how physical a player he was and how he welcomed contact. He was one of the most physical players on the field against a physical Buford (Ga.) team the night I watched him."
The question is, is Brown in Carter's league?
Defensive end Mekhi Brown recently committed to Alabama.
"It's tough to compare a guy to Lorenzo Carter," Hamilton said. "He's such a big-time athlete. Carter is a tremendous athlete for his size. People look at the similar frames, but it remains to be seen if Mekhi is that level of explosive athlete yet. Carter does things on the basketball court and football field that are pretty special for his height."
In Carter, Brown has a fan.
"He's my friend," Carter said. "We've talked but this is the first time I've gotten to hang out with him on the football field. He's good. He's a freak athlete. If he stays competitive, the sky's the limit."
Carter's performance Saturday earned him an invite to The Opening this summer in Oregon.
"It's about getting out here and wanting to learn," Carter said. "It's easy to just stay in bed. It's Spring Break. But I wanted to come out here and learn from the coaches."
Brown also performed well Saturday and was glad he made the trip.
"I think I can take some of this stuff and work on it when I get back home," he said. "I think I had a good showing."
Competing alongside Carter was both fun and educational, Brown said. He left for home impressed by what he witnessed.
Here is footage of Lorenzo Carter and Mekhi Brown in action at Saturday's Atlanta NFTC.
"He's just an awesome athlete," Brown said. "He's the best player in America in my opinion. His speed and strength are ridiculous for his size and age."
While Brown already has picked a school, Carter has yet to narrow things down publicly. This weekend, he will be in California for an AAU basketball event. While there, Carter will check out Southern California and UCLA. On Tuesday, LSU offered.
Alabama, which Carter recently visited with his parents, appears to be a major factor.
Brown would like nothing more than to play alongside his friend in college. But Carter appears to be in no rush to pick a school.
"I told [Brown] it's too early," Carter said, lauging, "to start recruiting me."