Lyndhurst (OH) Brush defensive end Pharoah Brown started off his junior season at quarterback. With impressive size—6-6, 220 pounds—for a defensive end, injuries forced the signal-caller to make a switch to the defensive side of the ball.
Of all places, Brown went to the defensive line. He made the switch with ease, finishing the season with 51 tackles, including 13 of those for losses. He also had seven sacks, three punt blocks and two forced fumbles. He earned first-team all-conference honors.
"I was going to wherever the team needed help," Brown said. "We needed help on the defensive side of the ball. It worked out pretty good."
Last weekend, Brown was on the Pitt campus to check out the Panthers.
"It was a pretty good visit, I really enjoyed it," Brown said. "They haven't offered me yet, but I have gotten to know them. Before (junior day), I didn't really know too much about them. It was my first contact with (safeties) coach (Randall) McCray, and (defensive line) coach (Paul) Randolph. I spent a lot of time talking to them."
During the junior day, the prospects were taken aside to a meeting room, where they were split into two groups; offense and defense. Pitt is making a bit of a switch to three down linemen. It's unknown what kind of size they're looking at for in their defensive ends, but the idea is to get more speed on the field and ‘impact the quarterback' as head coach Todd Graham has said in the days since his hiring.
"They talked about what they do, the attitude in what they're looking for in their program," Brown said. "I think I'd be able to fit in real good. (The defense) is kind of what I do in high school. I think I'll be able to fit in."
Brown said that the staff is currently evaluating his film. He will attend the Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus in April, and expects to get back to Pitt for a spring practice. He also expects to take an unofficial visit to Michigan.