Brown breaks down top eight

Over three dozen schools have offered Orlando Brown, Jr. a scholarship and he currently favors eight. He discussed those schools with Scout here.

"I just felt it was the right time to name a top list of schools," Orlando Brown told Scout on Sunday. "I have 37 or 38 offers, I have visited a lot of schools, I have talked to a lot of coaches, and it just felt like it was the right time."

Eight schools made his list.

"Oregon, Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, Iowa, Ohio State, Florida, and Georgia are my top schools in no specific order. Those are the ones I am liking the most right now."

The no. 33 offensive tackle in the 2014 class talked a little about his top schools.

Alabama: "I really like Coach Stoutland (OL Coach) a lot. I like what he has done with D.J. Fluker and Cyrus Kouandjio and he has coached a lot of guys in the NFL. Alabama wins championships too and they always seem to do what they are supposed to. I like them a lot."

Florida: "They have a great coaching staff and I like the offense they run. They do some inside zone stuff, they play with power, and they are in the SEC. I like a lot about Florida."

Georgia: "They are the in-state school for me and I feel everyone should look at the school closest to home. I think I could really play early there, so I like that, but I also like Coach Mark Richt a lot. He is a great guy and Georgia is a great school."

Iowa: "Coach Farenz is a great coach and he coached my dad in the NFL, so I know a lot about him. I think he and Iowa have a lot to offer, they play hard, and I like their style up there."

Michigan: "It is all about hard-nosed football up there. They are a run heavy team, they have a lot of tradition, they run a pro-style offense, and I have always liked them."

Ohio State: "I like Coach Warinner (OL Coach) a lot and I think he is one of the best in the game. I their zone offense, I feel I could fit into it well, and Coach Urban Meyer has had a great history with offensive linemen getting to the NFL."

Oregon: "They are a very fast team, they play up tempo, and it is exciting football up there. They have been telling me that they need size like I have, that they really want me there, and I feel I could go up there and give them what they need."

South Carolina: "I like South Carolina's balanced attack and they are one of my favorite schools in the SEC. I think Coach Elliot is a great offensive line coach too."

Brown really progressed over the duration of the 2012 season. He started off last summer at close to 380 pounds, he is down to 339 pounds, and he is on his way to 325 pounds.

"I can tell a very big difference in how I play now compared to last year," he said. "I am so much better in my pass sets, I am more agile, I move so much better, and I just feel better. The weight loss and being in better shape is making me a lot better."

Scout could not agree more.

He is bending better, his movement is so much improved, and his stock is on the rise.

Brown plans to show all what he can do on a big stage in January.

"I will be down in Florida at the Under Armour All-America Combine to compete. I think I will do well. I have been training, I have been working hard, and I will keep doing that."

Many schools have invited him to Junior Days early in 2013 and the ones he is thinking most about attending right now are Alabama and South Carolina.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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