Coach Mark Dantonio and the Bearcat football program are putting the wraps on a fine class of prospects. When the ink dries on Wednesday afternoon, the Bearcat staff will waste little time in celebrating their accomplishment. Football recruiting is now a 24-7 job, unless you don't want to be a coach in the college ranks for long.
Because of these demands, college football programs start giving offers to the players they have targeted early. That's the case with the Bearcats first offer in the Class of 2006.
Aaron Brown first came to my attention before the start of last season. While I was at the Cincinnati Princeton, Huber Heights Wayne, Elder, Roger Bacon 7-on-7, I was making the rounds with a couple of the coaches. When I spoke with Princeton Head Coach Brian Dodds I asked him who his top prospect was going to be. He quickly spoke about Miami of Ohio recruit E.J. Morton-Green but then said take a look over there. Sure enough when I turned there was a player with great size. While I watched a little closer I just shook my head and told Coach Dodds he had a sure D-I Top 100 prospect there. Coach Dodds agreed and just laughed.
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A few weeks later I was able to make sure of my vision. Getting the chance to see players like Aaron play in the Crosstown Showdown allows a person like me the chance to see several top players in one day. What I saw that day reinforced my belief that Aaron Brown was going to be one of the top recruits in the Class of 2006.
Playing both offense and defense, Brown showed great leverage, strength and athletic ability. He's got long arms and does a great job in his punch as an offensive lineman. But Aaron is not just some big kid lined up to block defenders. Aaron is an athlete and also plays defensive end. While some could look at young Aaron for their defense, a future as an offensive lineman will make Aaron a player with a future beyond college.
The UC offer is not the only one in Aaron's hands. His father has updated Bearcat Insider that Aaron now is also holding an offer from Indiana, and is expecting one from Purdue in the next few weeks. Aaron and his father visited Purdue for Junior Day this past weekend and Aaron will be in attendance at Ohio State this weekend while they hold their Junior Day.
These schools won't be the only ones coming after Aaron Brown. Look for several of the major powers to be calling and trying to get him on their campus during the next few months.