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3-Star Defender Tahj Brown Talks About His Commitment to Houston

Scout and CougarDigest.com caught up with new Houston three-star defensive end pledge Tahj Brown to learn about his decision.


Donaldsonville (La.) 2018 three-star defensive end Tahj Brown committed this past week to Houston, which he chose over numerous offers, including Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Memphis, SMU, and plenty of others.

In fact, Brown's commitment came only one day after he received positive reviews at Texas' camp in Austin.

The 6-foot-3, 256-pound Brown, who's primarily played linebacker in high school but will transition to defensive end in college, told Scout why he decided to commit to Houston.

"It was the family feel," Brown said. "The coaches keeping it real, the city of Houston, and the possibility of going in and playing early."

Brown pinpointed two Houston coaches as key figures in his recruitment.

"I am close to the offensive coordinator, coach (Brian) Johnson, and defensive line coach (A.J.) Blum," Brown said. "They have just been telling me that I'm not only just wanted there, but I'm needed there also, and if I come in and work hard they could see me playing my freshman year."

Brown provided huge defensive production in 2016.

He finished his junior season with 120 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one field goal block.

Since Brown has played the vast majority of his snaps at linebacker for Donaldsonville High, he said there are a couple of areas he's working on as he prepares to make the transition to playing on the line of scrimmage with a hand on the ground.

"I'm working on using my hands," he said, "and working on my hips."

Though Brown has committed to Houston, he said his recruitment has not necessarily ended.

"I'm definitely not shutting my recruitment down," Brown said. "I am still open to any school that wants to recruit me."

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