February 12, 2011

Brown is watching his recruitment blow up

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It's hard to imagine that another big time defensive lineman could be emerging in Ohio's 2012 class but that certainly appears to be the case with Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush product Pharaoh Brown. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end/tight end prospect has blown up over the last week after picking up three offers and garnering attention from programs around the nation.

"It feels pretty good," said Brown of the recent attention. "It's getting crazy with the phone calls and all types of people calling."

Brown has picked up offers from Arizona State, Michigan, and Syracuse in the last week but those aren't the only schools showing interest in the big defensive end.

"Notre Dame, Ohio State, Duke, North Carolina, Oregon just called my coaches, Toledo, Akron, a lot of the MAC," Brown said, when asked which other schools were showing interest.

Brown took the time to discuss what he knows about the three schools that have offered him so far.

On Michigan: "I'm supposed to get up there in the next few weeks so I don't really know what the campus is like. I know that they have a nice coaching staff but that's all I really know right now. In the next few weeks when I get up to campus, I'll know more about that school then."

On Syracuse: "I like the facilities and everything. They are recruiting me on offense. I just like their program as a whole."

On Arizona State: "I don't really know a lot about Arizona State other than the coaches but I'm trying to get out there. With it being so far away, it's pretty hard."

Recently, Ohio State assistant coach Taver Johnson was at Brown's school to talk to the coaches and check on grades. The interest is mutual on Brown's end as he has some family ties to the university. Two of Brown's cousins, Marcus and Marvel Brooks, are members of the Ohio State track and field team.

"I like Ohio State," Brown explained. "My two cousins attend Ohio State right now so I've been down there before it's pretty nice."

Despite his interest in Ohio State, Brown is keeping things open at the moment and isn't claiming any favorites.

"Not really," he said. "I'm just a big college football fan. Saturday's I just watch all the games that come on, I don't have a favorite team."

Brown's recent climb onto the recruiting radar is largely due to his junior film making the rounds. Brown started off as a quarterback for Brush but really took off after being moved over to defense.

"It was pretty good," he said, of his junior season. "I started off playing quarterback and they moved me to defensive end because they needed help on that side of the ball. I ended with about 60 tackles and 13 for a loss. This year I'm going to be moving to tight end and defensive end."

Also a standout on the basketball floor, Brown's junior hoops season is in full swing. Brown plays power forward for his team and is putting up some pretty impressive numbers so far.

"It's going pretty good, I'm averaging about 15 (points) and 13 rebounds," he said.

With basketball taking up a lot of his time, Brown hasn't really had a chance to get out on too many junior day visits. He hopes to start getting out and look at some schools after his season is over.


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