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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Three-star TE Brown has OU in top five

By Jared Shanker

Since parting ways with Michigan in late November, three-star tight end/defensive end Pharaoh Brown has limited the list of schools he is considering to five.

Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon are his top four, and Michigan is still hanging around though both player and program have essentially decided to go their separate ways.

Brown visited Oregon on Nov. 19, which sparked Michigan to release Brown from his commitment the following day. The Ducks offered Brown as a tight end in May before he ever played the position, and now Brown is looking to play tight end in college after a successful senior season there.

“I was kind of like ‘Ok, but I’m a defensive end,’ ” Brown said of the Oregon offer in May. “Then when I got down to the season I actually liked it.”

Of those four main schools Brown is looking at, Oklahoma is the only school yet to offer. Brown said the Sooners staff has talked to him about an offer but an official one has yet to come.

Tight end is a major need for the Sooners in the 2012 class and they already have two tight ends committed, but one is a junior-college recruit and neither brings the athleticism the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Brown brings.

“I have the chance of being able to play early, and I kind of like the offense,” Brown said of Oklahoma. “They said I’d be able to stretch the defense and flex out with my speed. After I put on more weight I can be a blocking tight end and do it all.”

Four-star tight end Taylor McNamara is visiting Oklahoma this weekend, though, and a commitment from him would likely mean there is no room for Brown, so that visit could determine whether Brown gets that offer.

Brown also said he is interested in Nebraska’s spread offense, though the Huskers don’t throw that often with run-first quarterback Taylor Martinez at the helm.

“The school seems pretty nice and everything,” he said.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has told Brown he can play either tight end or defensive line in East Lansing.

“I can be a receiver to spread out the defense, flexed out, in the slot -- all over the place,” Brown said.

Brown has not set up any visits at this time and is not sure if he will make any more before committing. Any visits would come in January.