April 28, 2011

Ohio St. still tracking Brown

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Ohio State has already extended verbal offers to no fewer than seven in-state defensive line prospects but that hasn't kept the Buckeye's coaching staff from continuing to track to Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush defensive end Pharaoh Brown. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect has blown up this off-season and is up to 23 total scholarship offers from some big time programs. The Buckeyes haven't offered yet but Brown keeps in close contact with assistant coach Taver Johnson.

"I just talked to coach Johnson today (Wednesday)," Brown explained. "Some of the coaches are planning to come up to the school and we talk a lot. They didn't offer me yet but I'm still considering them."

Brown was originally scheduled to make it down to Columbus for the Spring Game last Saturday but had an AAU basketball tournament instead and was unable to make it. Brown will be down in Columbus, however, on May 21st to take part in the Nike Camp which is held at Ohio State. Brown will be using the camp as a chance to workout on the offensive side of the ball at a position that he anticipates he will be starting at for his team in the fall.

"I'll be there (at the Nike camp)," he said. "I'll probably be working out as a tight end. I've worked out at the postion before at a couple of camps and things like that. I've just got to continue to work on my routes a little bit but I think I'll adjust well to the position."

Despite Brown's minimal experience playing the tight end position, the fact that his athleticism and measurables project well to the spot have multiple schools recruiting him at the position. While Ohio State is currently recruiting Brown as a defensive end, strong performances in off-season camps could change that.

"Most of the spread teams are recruiting me as a tight end," Brown explained. "The west coast teams or pro style teams are mostly recruiting me as a defensive end."

In the mean time, Brown will be continuing to focus on his AAU season but hopes to reschedule a trip to Columbus to speak with the coaches.


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