Ball State Class of '09: Otis Brown

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the third of those 22 installments.

Otis Brown, 5-9 165 WR, Gainesville, FL (Gainesville)

What he brings: Blazing speed. Lightning fast open field skills. Otis Brown is electric with the ball in his hands. He brings to Ball State am extra gear that few players in the schools history have had. Brown has the ability to light up the field on kickoff and punt returns as well as in the open field, either on quick receptions out of the slot or on screens. Brown also seems to have a very solid center of gravity and does not go down as easily as you would expect from a player of his stature.

Areas of improvement: WR skills. Where Brown is electric athletically, he is unpolished a receiver. Route running skills and blocking are probably the two areas of concern for Otis. He already has the ability to shine in the slot and making plays with his feet, but in order to be a total package WR, he will have to develop the route running skills needed to create regular separation. Also, Otis will have to attack the weight room like he does kick off coverage. Look for Coach Parrish to want him playing around 170-175.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Otis is a special athlete. His film shows a young man with great speed, quickness and agility. He has all the tools already to make a significant impact on the field at even this early stage of his career. It Otis continues to work hard in the weight room and in practice, look for some very special things out of this undersized WR.


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