Monday, March 25, 2013
Ohio State 2014 spotlight: OT Brown
By Brad Bournival
Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next on the list of offensive tackles is Orlando Brown Jr., who has Ohio ties as his father -- the late Orlando Brown Sr. -- played for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95 and 1999-2000.
Vitals: Brown (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) is 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds.
Status: He is uncommitted, but has the Buckeyes in his final seven along with Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Michigan and South Carolina. Brown plans on having a top three by the fall and wants to make a decision after his high school season is over.
Six-foot-8, 345 pounds and nimble on his feet, Watch List offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. is likely to be one of the nation's best prospects in the Class of 2014.
ESPN.com ranking: He’s an ESPN Watch List offensive tackle who many experts believe will be among the best in the country.
Numbers game: The Lions averaged only 182.9 yards per game last season, but Brown is the key piece for Peachtree Ridge on a team with the core of its talent back. He has already won combine MVP honors during the camp season, winning the award at the VTOSports Prep 100 in Suwanee, Ga. earlier this month.
State of the position: This is definitely a position of need. Four starters will be out of eligibility after the season is over, and depth is definitely an issue for Ohio State across the front. The Buckeyes have tackles Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) in the fold in the Class of 2014. That said, they’re far from done as they could take as many as six linemen this year.
What has caught Ohio State’s eye: The fact he’s already taken on the likes of Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) and D’Andre Walker (Fairburn, Ga./Langston) and held his own shows how strong Brown is. His size alone is attractive, but that’s not a surprise as he has more than 30 offers already from the who’s who of college football. Brown will be a vital piece of the running and passing game at the next level.
What he has said about the Buckeyes: “They have Urban Meyer and coach [Ed] Warinner, who won offensive line coach of the year. They are building a national championship team. They’ve got the best offensive coach 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.”