Defensive Line updates - Browning, Barrow

Harrison's Jeff Browning and Dublin Coffman's Alex Barrow are two of Ohio's best defensive linemen this year. We have more on them today

Defensive tackle Jeff Browning is a player who is starting to become more and more well-known. Right now, he's busy working in the weight room.

"I've been doing Tekulve training for two years now," he said. "Officially (I run) a 5 flat but I've run a 4.9. They are projecting me to run a 4.8 if I keep doing what I'm doing."

Jeff is lifting six days a week and weighs in at 278. His objective is to get to 285, but he has some work to do if he wants to catch his dad.

"My dad's 6-7, 320," he said.

More and more schools are paying attention to him too.

"I've been offered by Northwestern," he said. "Akron, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Virginia have all been coming in. West Virginia too. Oregon wants film. Purdue was in (last Thursday). Illinois was in about a week ago. I went to Ohio State for the spring game."

"I'm definitely going to Miami (OH) and Ohio State for camp, South Carolina, maybe Virginia, maybe Pitt, maybe Maryland," he said. "I've been to Iowa for the spring game. They have a great training room. I hope I never have to be in there, but if I do, they have me taken care of… I've been to the Wake Forest spring game."

Don't expect a decision to come anytime soon though.

"I will worry about a decision after the season."

Matt Natali caught up with Harrison head coach Dick Nocks and did a Q&A with him about Jeff Browning. Here's what Coach Nocks said about Jeff:

What schools have been contacting Jeff?

"Schools in the Mid-American Conference, Big Ten, as far south as South Carolina, Florida, and out west as far as Oregon. If you mention a school, they have been in contact or been in to see him."

Does Jeff have any favorite schools that have been in contact with him?

"He doesn't have any favorites.  Jeff is a very personable young man.  He has been to several practices and spring games.  He is just looking for a good fit for him as far as campus environment, coaching staff, and personalities; that type of thing."

Where will Jeff be camping this summer?

"He is going to spend a good bit of time in June at one day camps; there is a long list of those, and he is planning on getting to as many as he can.  Everyone who has been in here has told him about the one day camps."

Has Jeff received any offers yet?

"He has received several offers in the MAC and Big Ten conferences; I would rather not disclose where he has gotten offers, but he has gotten several."

What aspects of Jeff's game do coaches like the most?

"Jeff is a large kid with good feet.  He plays with a high motor, moves well, runs well for a kid his size, plays hard every down... coaches mention this every time someone comes in."

What is Jeff going to have to work on to excel at the next level?

"He's going to have to learn technique and the sped of the game at the next level whether he is a DT or OT.  In 28 years, I have never seen a kid work harder than he does.  He lifts three days a week; attends our conditioning, quickness, agility workouts in the morning before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and works with a professional service Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.  He is doing everything he can to make himself successful.  He will achieve because h e has a great work ethic."

Do you think he needs to get any bigger?

"Right now, he is 6-4 1/2, 285, 5.0.  He needs to continue to lift and get stronger and work on his quickness and agility.  He has changed his body a lot in three years.  He has a good frame; his chest and arms are getting stronger and feet are getting better.  His forty time has gone from 5.25 to 5.0 in one year.  His forty time keeps coming down, and he will be bigger, stronger and even faster because he is only a junior."

Defensive lineman Alex Barrow from Dublin Coffman is emerging as Ohio's most highly-recruited defensive lineman. Coach Mark Crabtree at Coffman tells us that Barrow has received offers so far from Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Indiana, and West Virginia, and Illinois has indicated they will offer as well. Boston College would like Alex to come up for camp. Expect more offers to come for this player.

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