- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
George Brown Jr. is making an early -- but strong -- case for the top 2015 prospect in the state of Ohio, and the top player in the talent-rich state is going to see his share of interest from elite programs across the country.
Another national offer came for the 2015 two-way lineman on Thursday, this one from the Florida Gators.
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Brown is being recruited at a bevy of positions, with offensive tackle, defensive end and tight end all on the table. The Gators like him on the offensive line, though, as position coach Tim Davis and Brown have kept in contact the last few weeks.
Head coach Will Muschamp was the one to speak with Brown on Thursday, however.
“He said that he likes my highlight and saw my workout film from Saturday and liked it a lot,” Brown said, referencing a workout his father taped at his training facility last weekend. “He said I move my feet good and have good agility and footwork for a big man.”
At the end of May, Brown will spend three days in Florida visiting the “Big Three.” Florida State and Miami have not offered, but Brown’s father, George Sr., said Seminoles assistant coach Sal Sunseri plans to offer once they see Brown in person. The same goes for the Hurricanes.
Brown has already visited Clemson, which offered. Brown is being recruited by defensive ends coach Marion Hobby at Clemson.
“The campus is great and everything. Coach Hobby is a cool coach,” Brown said. “I like the head coach, [Dabo] Swinney. I loved everything about [Clemson].”
Kentucky and Louisville will host Brown for a visit this coming weekend, and he will try to visit Notre Dame the weekend of April 20 as he is attending an event in South Bend, Ind.
With more than a dozen offers after limited time as a sophomore playing just tight end, Brown will land several more offers during the spring evaluation period. He is not planning to cut his list or name any early favorites.
“It’s about what fits you the best,” George Sr. said.
Brown is the younger brother of Aaron Brown, a Class of 2006 member of the ESPN 150 who signed with Virginia Tech.
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