"Everything about Ohio State was perfect," said Brown. "I loved it -- the facilities, the stadium, the school. I knew it was right for me."
Drawing attention since his sophomore year, the Cardinal O'Hara (Springfield, Pa.) running back has been a playmaker in every meaning of the word. Despite an injury which knocked him out for much of last year, Brown's recruitment hasn't slowed down much. He received offers from elite programs, ranging from Alabama and Florida to Notre Dame.
Florida intrigued Brown for awhile as he says the defending national champions were among the hardest after him. What grabbed his attention the most wasn't the rabid fanbase at "The Swamp," the facilities or the football prestige in the tradition rich SEC. Rather, it was how the coaching staff wanted to use him.
Brown is a tweener, capable of being utilized in multiple positions -- both on offense and defense. He originally garnered headlines as a running back. At nearly every combine event he attended, he displayed good hands and the ability to get open in the flat. There was even talk about him playing on defense as a shut-down cornerback. Florida, however, had plans to use Brown in a hybrid position on offense.
According to Brown, Tressel agreed that his ability to line up in several areas -- as a running back or even in the slot -- was an asset. Brown went on to say that Tressel doesn't envision him in any one position. In fact Tressel's willing to flip the table. "I get to choose where I want to play," Brown said. "Right now, I am focusing on high school ball and what I need to do there."
Offense, defense -- it doesn't matter much to Brown.
After visiting Columbus for the USC game, Brown committed to Ohio State before going home. What clinched it for Brown was the response of the crowd during the 18-15 loss. Saying that he wanted to play in front of such passionate fans, he said, "[Columbus] is where I want to be. I'm home."
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