Commentary

Will Brown play out wide in Columbus?

Originally Published: December 15, 2009
By Steve Helwagen | Bucknuts.com

OSU verbal commitment Corey Brown from Springfield (Pa.) O'Hara was among the group of players who made official visits over this past weekend.

Brown (6-foot, 182) was hosted by DeVier Posey.

"A lot of things stood out," Brown said. "I was impressed by the academic help they provide the players. The dorms really surprised me as well. The players are really cool to each other. I like the way the coaches and players communicate.

"I had a good time there talking to a lot of the other commitments. I spent some time with Drew Basil and Taylor Graham. All of the coaches seem like cool dudes."

Brown picked Ohio State over the likes of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia and Miami (Fla.). He had nearly 40 scholarship offers.

"This visit just made me feel a lot better about my decision," Brown said.

Brown verbaled to OSU after making an unofficial visit for the USC game on Sept. 12. He is being recruited by OSU assistant Darrell Hazell. Brown could project as either a running back or a wide receiver at the college level.

"They want me to pick my position," Brown said. "I'll do whatever the team needs. I want to play wherever I can play the fastest at. I played mostly at running back this year, but I also had 30 catches."

Brown is rated as the nation No. 146 prospect by ESPN.com/Scouts Inc. He was an all-metro area pick in the Philadelphia area this year. He earned Catholic League MVP honors in the Class AAAA conference.

As O'Hara posted eight wins and advanced to the playoffs, Brown rushed for 1,135 yards and rated among Delaware County's receiving leaders with 30 receptions worth 474 yards. Also a standout defensive back, Brown scored 21 touchdowns.

Brown tore his MCL early in his junior season but he had a big sophomore year. He ran the ball 130 times for 1,019 yards and nine touchdowns and he added 15 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns.

"I am versatile," said Brown, who boasts a 3.2 GPA. "I can play a lot of different positions and I am usually a pretty good leader."

Brown will not enroll at OSU until mid-June. But he will play in the Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 2 on ESPN.

"I know (OSU verbal) James Louis will be there," Brown said. "I am looking forward to that. I know it's going to be fun."


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