Noah’s Ark Sails to the Buckeyes
By Michael Chung
Well the Urban Meyer recruiting train keeps right on rolling. Noah Brown made it official by pledging to the Ohio State Buckeyes as commitment #18 for 2014.
Standing 6’2” and weighing 210 pounds, Brown hails from the great state of New Jersey, which has produced a plethora of College Football talent over the years
Todderick Hunt of NJ.com writes that “OSU was one of the three schools recruiting him the hardest, the other two being Virginia Tech and Rutgers.” Hunt goes on to write that Ohio State “are a national powerhouse with coach (Urban) Meyer. They told me I'm their No. 1 receiver on their board, right now. I'm a priority for them and I can flourish in their offense." Well the Buckeyes just got priority #1 and hopes their prediction of Brown flourishing on the offense comes to fruition. He is rated 4-stars by Rivals and 24/7.
On top of offers from Va. Tech and Rutgers, Brown was also being pursued by the likes of Michigan St., North Carolina, South Carolina, USC, and Vanderbilt.
Scout.com writes, “As a junior, Brown rushed 98 times for 847 yards and 14 touchdowns, caught 41 passes for 630 yards and six touchdowns, and he returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.”
Brown visited Ohio State on July 24 but did not commit after everyone was expecting him too. Then it appeared Rutgers moved ahead but Brown never verbally committed; he finally pulled the trigger and joins an already stacked 2014 recruiting class that is filling up quickly.
Urban Meyer covets playmakers and has one in Brown. With the commitment of Brown, Ohio State is at 18 for 2014 and officially only has one spot left.
Scholarships are already reserved for Marshon Lattimore and Raekwon McMillan if they decide to commit to OSU, which we will know in January, so there is not too much room left for the 2014 class.
Other receiver/TEs still being pursued are Mike Geisicki, Braxton Berrios, and Johnnie Dixon.
Brown made it clear that he wanted to commit before the start of the high school football season, which starts on Sept. 12 and three days before kickoff, he remained true to his word and decided Scarlet and Gray.
the-Ozone’s own Tony Gerdeman compared Noah Brown to former Illinois and current WR for the Philadelphia Eagles Arrelious Benn. If the Buckeyes can get that kind of production out of Brown, B1G teams are in for a future hurting.
Sources that talked to Brown indicated to me that his visit went really well but could not pinpoint whether or not he would commit. The writing was on the wall though when Brown tweeted that he was having dinner with Urban Meyer, one of the best head coaches that knows how to close the deal.
Brown is the second player from the NY/NJ area to commit to OSU for 2014 following Brooklyn New York’s Curtis Samuel. Meyer is hoping Noah brings more from the east coast as the Buckeyes are still pursuing TE Mike Gesicki, OL Chad Mavety, DT Thomas Holley and don’t doubt that Meyer would love to flip current ND commit NJ OL Quenton Nelson. Meyer has also offered 2015 NJ QB prospect Brandon Wimbush.
Noah’s ark has sailed from NJ to Columbus and will hopefully flood the Buckeyes with more talent from the NY/NJ pipeline.