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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Big Peach State OL set to announce

By Dave Hooker

Orlando Brown Jr.'s recruitment is coming to an end.

"I'm committing Thursday at my school at 3 o'clock," said the 6-foot-6, 348-pound offensive tackle from Duluth (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge. "My finalists are Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee."

The three-star prospect has scholarship offers from several other top schools. Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan were semifinalists Brown was considering before he cut his list to three.

Here is what Brown told ESPN about two of his finalists when interviewed in March:

Oklahoma: "They have Coach [Bob] Stoops who has done great things in the past. I feel he is rebuilding the Sooners into a national championship caliber team and they definitely have a chance to win the Big 12."

Arkansas: "We all know what Coach [Bret] Bielema did at Wisconsin, so that is going to transfer well into the SEC as far as developing players and having a strong running game."

Tennessee is the late entrant into the race for Brown. However, there is reason to think the Volunteers could end up landing him. Tennessee will be in serious need for offensive linemen in 2014, when it could could lose all five starters on the line.

Brown has been one of the top offensive linemen to compete in various summer camps. His late father, Orlando Brown, played nine seasons in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.