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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Four-star ATH visits, names OSU his leader

By Brad Bournival

Lost in the hype of Big Ten media days and the anticipation of Friday Night Lights was a pretty big visit from a very promising four-star wide senior.

Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) snuck in a visit to Ohio State on Wednesday, and to say things went swimmingly would be an understatement.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete arrived on campus and talked for 45 minutes to Urban Meyer before the two-time national champion coach left for Chicago. The conversation must have been great, because Brown made the Buckeyes his leader after a day on campus.

He has a final eight of Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, USC, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt. But one talk with Meyer and the senior could see why the Buckeyes just might be the place for him.

“We had a great conversation,” Brown said. “He talked about how much he wants me as an X receiver who can move around and create mismatches.

“Just everything they have to offer as a football program, along with the people and academics is what makes me put them as my leader.”

The better news for Ohio State fans comes in the fact Brown is ready to shut down his recruitment very soon.

He has a trip to Vanderbilt scheduled for Friday and will trim his list after that. When that list gets cut again, a decision could come back sooner rather than later.

“Right now everyone in my top eight is in the mix,” Brown said. “I don’t plan on taking officials. I want to decide before my season starts.”

As a junior, Brown showed his versatility, making 41 catches for 630 yards and scoring four touchdowns, while rushing for 847 yards on 98 carries and adding 13 more scores. He finished the season with 1,547 all-purpose yards.

Should he join the Buckeyes, Brown would make the 2014 wide receiver class one to watch as four-star standout Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) and SPARQ national runner-up Terry McLaurin (Indianapolis/Cathedral) are already in the fold.