Louisville lands top QB prospect

Dominique Brown had a great visit to Louisville over the weekend. Monday morning, Brown met with his high school coach and finalized his decision. The three-star quarterback is headed to Louisville.

Dominique Brown had a great visit to Louisville this weekend. So good, in fact, that he committed to the Cardinals over the defending Big East and Big 10 champs.

Monday morning, Brown met with Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart to finalize his decision. Everhart confirmed the decision to InsideTheVille.com.

"He says he's going to Louisville," Everhart said. "I asked him if he was sure, and he said, 'Yep.' He was sign his actual letter [of intent] early Wednesday so we can get that out and we'll have our ceremony at noon at the school."

Brown, 6-2, 210, had narrowed his options to Louisville, Cincinnati and Ohio State. He committed to Cincinnati but reconsidered his options once Brian Kelly left the Bearcats for South Bend.

Louisville made Brown their top priority at quarterback when Charlie Strong took over the program in December. A gifted athlete, Brown ran for 1,985 yards and 32 touchdowns as senior to lead his team to a state title. He also threw for 723 yards and seven scores. This season, Brown directed an offense that averaged 42 points during the regular-season and 47 points in the playoffs. Brown rushed for 855 yards and 16 scores in five playoff games this season.


Dominique Brown headed to UofL.

"He's a great leader," Everhart said. "He's a very good passer, which is undervalued. He's really developed his passing game. Sure, he's a great runner but that's more due to our system that he ran more than he threw. I thought he was the best quarterback [in the state]. He led his team to a state title and he's a great kid."

A gifted runner, Brown ran for more than 1,000 yards in his final three seasons in high school. He rushed for 4,670 yards and 64 touchdowns during his career.

Brown, ranked the No. 36 quarterback nationally by Scout.com, could compete for the starting quarterback job at Louisville next season. Brown rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns in the state title game. He also threw for another score in the game.

Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford plans to install an offense similar to Florida's spread option and Brown would be a perfect fit with his ability to pass and run.

"They're going to run a similar offense that Florida runs and they seem to think they don't have anybody down there right now to be like [Tim] Tebow and use his legs," said Brown. "They said I would fit perfect in that offense because that's my skill basically, using my legs. They were also saying they that they want me to throw the ball more."

Ohio State recruited Brown as an athlete and reportedly wasn't offering the chance to play quarterback. It's unclear if Butch Jones, UC's head coach, wanted Brown as a quarterback.

"The most important factor in my decision is the opportunity to play quarterback," Brown said last week. "I don't really want to redshirt but I don't want the position to be given to me. I want to work for it."

Brown said he likes Charlie Strong and feels comfortable around him. "He's real cool, I like Charlie Strong a lot," Brown said. "It's all about having trust and relationships with a head coach for a quarterback. I see me and Coach Strong getting along very well."

Brown is ranked the No. 20 prospect in Ohio. He was named the state of Ohio's Division 2 Player of the Year in 2009.


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