Tahj Brown, 2018 DE, Donaldsonville (La.)
Size: 6-3, 256
Recruiting: Brown announced late Wednesday night his commitment to Houston, less than 24 hours after attending a camp in Austin with Texas. Brown picked the Cougars over 20 other offers, including Mississippi State, Kansas State, Kansas, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Memphis, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, ULL, ULM, and UTSA.
2016: As a junior, Brown recorded 120 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one FG block.
Through his junior season of high school, Tahj Brown was a big-bodied, physical inside linebacker, but almost all of his recruiting attention has come at defensive end, where his 6-foot-3, 256-pound translates to the next level. Brown should be able to add 20 to 30 pounds with relative ease as he transitions to playing on the edge with a hand on the ground.
Brown is a strong, physical player with good run-stopping instincts and high production as a tackling machine and a behind-the-LOS playmaker. He can improve his lateral mobility and he'll need to adjust to rushing the passer from the edge. Given his size and strength, Brown should acclimate well to playing at the point of attack since he'll find himself in the trenches in college.
Brown has already shown that he's a solid tackler and can fight through traffic to make plays against the run. That will serve him well as he moves to defensive end full-time. The biggest work as he adjusts to the change will come on technique, especially as a pass-rusher.
Overall, Brown has proven through his junior season of high school football that he is a Power Five-caliber prospect with size and a physical nature that might get him on the field early. - Gabe Brooks
- Run-stopping ability/instincts
Areas to Improve
- Change of direction
- Lateral mobility
- Adjusting to playing DE