Irish Eyes' Take: Jalen Brown

What a weekend Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame football program had with the rush of verbal pledges in the Class of 2011. While some were expected, the pledge of Jalen Brown came as bit of a surprise. Irish Eyes offers its thoughts on one of the newest pledges.

When hired, Brian Kelly knew he needed to stretch his recruiting boundaries and hit all corners of the United States. This weekend Kelly picked up four pledges from three different states and pulled one out of the state of Texas. That looks to be a very good sign for the future as Kelly and his staff look to return Notre Dame to the elite of college football.

Jalen Brown of Irving (TX) MacArthur High School is a super get for the Irish. He's got speed, and great physical size for the cornerback position. But those are not the only things that standout when you look at the 6-foot-1, 186-pound Brown.

What To Like

In the new Notre Dame defense a lot is expected out of the defensive backs. The ability to cover one-on-one, be physical and also show the willingness to give support against the run made Jalen Brown a prospect the Irish wanted in this class. While he didn't have the big offers of Texas or Oklahoma, he did have a good final list that included Nebraska, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The Irish will get a player who has excellent closing speed and who does a very good job of anticipating.

What May Concern You

To be honest the fact that Brown has not visited Notre Dame is a concern. The distance from home can always play a factor, but this looks like a kid who knows what he wanted and is not afraid to get out of his comfort zone to achieve it. Brown is going off of the relationships he built with the Irish staff and will look to visit this fall. I don't feel Brian Kelly would have taken his pledge if he felt Brown would not stand tall when it comes time to put pen to paper. So we'll have to see how this plays out. Some question his hip flexibility but I see a player capable of being a highly productive player in the future.

Bottom Line

This is another feather in Brian Kelly's cap as he and his staff continues to build a very solid class in 2011. Notre Dame will get a very good and athletic player in Brown who should produce at a high level. Pulling a kid out of Texas is a must for Notre Dame and Brown is a good guy to start with.


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