The State's Best DL Talks

Ever since I watched him this past spring, Kareem Brown appeared to me to be the state's premier defensive line prospect.

Interestingly, Brown has only started three games in his career at that position. He started the past two seasons as an offensive lineman.

But the natural upside and tools this kid displayed in limited action were incredible. Brown went to camps at Michigan State and LSU this summer. At Michigan State in June, he measured at 6-5 1/4 and 264. Then at LSU's camp this past week, he was 6-5 1/2 and 265.

At Michigan State, Brown ran a 4.93. At LSU, he didn't have the proper running shoes on the track, so he ran barefoot and landed a 5.10, which he said the coaches told him not to worry since they know he's a legit 4.9 kid, plenty fast enough for a kid who I feel will be 6-6 and 285 in a few years.

Your current core GPA: Core, it's a 2.5

Your current test score: I haven't taken it yet (editor's note: Brown has already passed both sections of the HSCT).

Compare playing offense and defense: My coach never realized I could play on defense until late last year when we had an injury. After just a couple practices, he said that's my new position. And I've been playing there ever since. Plus, everyone who's recruiting me likes me as a defensive lineman.

Which schools called in May: I got a bunch of calls. Miami, Florida, LSU, Rutgers, Michigan State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, a bunch of them.

Which schools have sent you a scholarship offer in the mail: The only one I've gotten in the mail so far is Rutgers, but they all talked about it.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: My top five is Miami, LSU, Michigan State, Florida, and N.C. State.

Why didn't you attend Miami's camp: Well, I had already paid for a plane ticket to Michigan State for their camp, and I never knew Miami's camp was the same day. I could have gone, but I would have wasted a plane ticket.

Talk about the Hurricanes: I spoke to Randy Shannon and he knows what's up. He told me he really likes me and I have a scholarship, but I just haven't gotten it in the mail yet. Coach Shannon and Coach Coker have a vision. I like that. I like the results that Miami's defensive linemen have produced.

Brown might only have one written offer, but don't let that fool you. Despite what you hear, very few defensive linemen anywhere have many offers this early. Kareem Brown is the best interior defensive line prospect I've seen in this state since Vince Wilfork. The way he plays and his size/speed combo reminds me a lot of William Joseph at this age. I'm confident Brown will get offered by Miami early this season, and although he says everyone's even, I'd be shocked if he left town. Brown's a Top 10 player in the state.

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