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Sunday, December 16, 2012
2014 OT Orlando Brown Jr. trims list

By Brad Bournival

Orlando Brown Jr.
2014 ESPN Watch List offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. has cut his list to eight schools.
Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) announced his top eight schools Sunday night.

He’ll cut that list to three at the beginning of his senior year and then will concentrate on his final high school season.

For now, however, the mammoth ESPN Watch List junior has eight schools in the mix. Those eight -- in alphabetical order -- are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina.

Here’s what the 6-foot-8, 370-pound offensive tackle, the son of the late NFL lineman Orlando Brown, had to say about each school:

Alabama: “Coach [Jeff] Stoutland, he’s great. They’ve got a lot to offer me as a freshman. They’re just winning national championships and that’s all that anybody and everybody should want to be a part of.”

Florida: “They have Coach [Tim] Davis. I love their offense. I love the city of Gainesville. It’s a legit town. Most college cities, are a college and that’s it. Gainesville has everything there. I like that.”

Georgia: “Everybody -- I feel like -- has an in-state college and that’s my state college. It’s close to home. Athens is a great city. Georgia has a great tradition, a great offensive line coach and a great coaching staff. It’s an opportunity to play my freshman year.”

Iowa: “Coach [Kirk] Ferentz, he coached my dad. I feel as though I’ve got close ties there. He was my dad’s favorite coach. Iowa is always known for putting offensive linemen in the NFL. That’s something I want to be a part of.”

Michigan: “I feel like they have a lot to offer me coming in as a freshman. It’s an opportunity to play. They have a great coach in Coach [Darrell] Funk and Coach [Al] Borges.”

Ohio State: “They’ve got the best offensive coach [Ed Warinner] in the nation. They’ve got an incredible running game, an incredible passing game and a great offense. It’s a great opportunity for me to play.”

Oregon: “I know Oregon runs a spread, a lot of inside zone. It’s a very fast-paced offense. I know size is one of the things their in need of. That’s one of the reasons they haven’t been able to beat a lot of the SEC and big-time schools.”

South Carolina: “I love their pro-style offense. Coach [Steve] Spurrier, I know he’s a great coach as well as their offensive line coach, Coach [Shawn] Elliott. I really like South Carolina.”