Monday, January 7, 2013
Watch List OL considering UT, FSU visits
By Max Olson
Texas might be on the outside looking in when it comes to Orlando Brown Jr.’s list of favorite schools, but the Longhorns aren’t out of it just yet.
The ESPN Watch List lineman from Duluth (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge is lining up plans for his next unofficial visit, and he’s eyeing two junior days.
Class of 2014 lineman Orlando Brown Jr. has 36 scholarship offers.
“Right now, I’m not 100 percent sure, but I want to visit Florida State or Texas,” Brown said.
When he checked in for the Under Armour underclassmen combine on Friday in Florida, Brown said his top eight schools are unchanged: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina.
Those schools have stood out among his more than 36 offers, but he’s still open to seeing what other big-time programs have to offer.
Brown picked up an offer from Texas in late November and said he still stays in touch with 2014 tackle commit Demetrius Knox. That friendship is one of the biggest reasons Brown is still eyeing UT.
“I know offensive tackle is a position of need for them,” Brown said. “[Knox] was wanting me to come out to see the University of Texas, so I definitely want to take a visit. I’m pretty sure it would be a great experience, and he seems like a cool dude to hang out with.”
Brown said he’s not sure which Texas junior day he’d want to attend in February. The decision on which school he’ll visit will come down to what best fits his family’s schedule.
He’s looking at Florida State for a visit because of the relationships he’s started to form with its coaching staff.
“I know they’ve got a great head coach, coach Jimbo Fisher, and they have a great offensive coordinator,” he said. “Their offensive line coach is great, too. He really teaches discipline.”
The 6-foot-8 lineman said he checked in at around 345 pounds for the combine, down from 370 in the fall.
He worked out almost exclusively at right tackle -- his preferred position -- and looked to prove a point during the event.
“I know a lot of people say I’m too big and that I can’t move and don’t have good footwork,” he said. “That’s my motivation every day. I’m not trying to prove them wrong, but really trying to show myself that I’m capable.”