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Northwestern Class of 2022 Safety Prospect Austin Brown Set to Commit on July 4

The Wildcats aren't holding back in recruiting the 4-star safety.

Johnston City (IL) safety Austin Brown has been a busy man. After leading his team to a 6-0 spring football record playing quarterback and safety, Brown has traveled all over the Midwest. 

The prospect made stops at Iowa, Illinois and Northwestern. He visited the Wildcats in Evanston on June 11th. 

The talented DB said on Twitter that he’ll be committing on July 4th on Instagram Live. However, according to The Southern Illinoisan’s Braden Fogal, the decision is “up in the air.” 

“I kind of have a list in my head of where I want to go, but it’s definitely a blessing to be in the spot I am,” Brown said.

Brown is an accomplished athlete—he ran the 100 meter dash in 11.20 seconds as a junior and was a long jumper as a freshman. In his junior year, Brown recorded 36 tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass breakups, while also running for 1,126 yards and 14 touchdowns. 

Below are his 2020 highlights as well as analysis and fit.

ANALYSIS: As a safety, Brown exhibits patient eyes and has great instincts at the position. Once he locks onto his target in the run game, Brown has a quick trigger to get downhill. He has knock-back hitting power and rarely shows bad tackling form. Brown also has enough speed in the run game to chase from inside out and make plays on the edges of the defense. In the passing game, Brown’s experience as a quarterback gives him the vision to make smart plays and read find gaps in the field. He has shown the ability to be a deep safety as well, batting away passes further down the field. Overall, Brown could be a versatile chess piece for any college that he attends.

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