[This is the 21st in a series where The-Ozone looks back on each member of the 2018 signing class and the impact they had this past season, as well as the impact they could have this coming season.]
Cameron Brown came to Ohio State from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ranked the No. 54 receiver in the nation and the No. 323 player overall. Brown signed with Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Duke, and Ball State. At some point between signing and arriving, it was decided that Brown was needed more at cornerback.
Cameron Brown was at one time committed to Nebraska. And then Ohio State offered. He decommitted from the Huskers, only to recommit to them a little while later. When it came time for the nuptials, however, Brown did finally leave Nebraska at the altar and ran off with Ohio State.
At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Brown has ideal size for corner and the speed to match (10.76 100M).
He saw action in Ohio State’s first five games, mostly on special teams, making one tackle. He did not play after game five, most likely due to an injury. Because he played in more than four games last year, however, he will enter 2019 as a sophomore.
So Now What
Brown will be part of a deep group of cornerbacks, but not as deep as it could have been had Kendall Sheffield returned or had the Buckeyes signed any corners in the 2019 recruiting class.
The Ohio State defense appears to be undergoing some type of metamorphosis, and this could have an impact on the cornerbacks.
It isn’t yet known where Shaun Wade is going to play, but it does appear that Brendon White has moved to linebacker, which increases Wade’s odds of being at safety. If he is at safety, then there is going to be a wide open race to see if anybody can join Arnette and Okudah in the traditional three-man cornerback rotation.
Brown has about as much experience as the other contenders. He will be joined in the competition by sophomore Sevyn Banks (6 games), redshirt freshman Tyreke Johnson (0 games), and junior Marcus Williamson (15 games).
All four players were blue-chip prospects, so it wouldn’t be asking too much for at least two of them to be good enough to play considerable minutes this season.
Looking at the lack of experience, however, and you can see why moving Shaun Wade back to cornerback makes sense, allowing Brown, Banks, Johnson, and Williamson to grow a bit before being asked to do more than they can handle.
If Wade does stay at safety, it will be because they very much like at least a couple of the four names mentioned in the sentence above.