- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) has spent the season split between receiver and running back, but he’s excelled at both, registering 21 touchdowns and 1,300 yards from scrimmage.
“I think I had a pretty productive junior season,” said Brown, who helped his team to a league championship and a No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
The playoffs begin this weekend, but there is a built-in bye the second week of the playoffs in New Jersey, as several programs play an annual rivalry game on Thanksgiving. Pope John XXIII is one of the schools that does not play on Thanksgiving, however, and that has afforded Brown the opportunity to make his first gameday visit.
While the 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver has offers from Boston College, Rutgers and Temple, his first visit will go to Ohio State for its game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Brown has talked with assistant coach Ed Warriner and director of player personnel Mark Pantoni on Facebook a few times.
“They’ve been showing a good amount of interest, trying to get me to come up for a long time,” Brown said. “It'll be my first time experiencing a gameday college atmosphere. It’s a blessing to go to a game of that magnitude. It’s going to be a great experience.”
Less than a week later, Brown will visit Rutgers for its game against Louisville on Nov. 29.
At 6-foot-2, Brown’s future is likely at receiver, and he said his biggest improvements this season have come at that position.
“In my route running I’ve done really well with that,” he said, “and beating the press is one of my strengths.”
Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are a few of the schools also interested in Brown.
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