Coach Speak: Scouting OSU Commit Noah Brown

Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII four-star receiver Noah Brown brings a classic Big Ten style to the Ohio State class of 2014, said head coach Brian Carlson. Discussing Brown's college skill set, Carlson breaks down what Ohio State is getting in its latest class of 2014 verbal commitment.

On the way to becoming a top-five recruit and four-star prospect in New Jersey, wide receiver Noah Brown spent a busy offseason in the weight room. The latest commitment to Ohio State and second-year head coach Urban Meyer, Brown grew from a skinny 195-pound athlete to a 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver.

Bulking up and adding significant strength, Brown brings an elevated level of play to the field as a senior, said Pope John coach Brian Carlson.

"He's bigger, stronger and more explosive," Carlson said. "He has great hand-eye coordination. With his size, he isn't losing the speed. He's a 4.5 [40-yard dash] kid. He's kind of the complete package."

Brown devoted himself to workouts during the offseason and modeled some of what he did after NFL wide receiver Mohamed Sanu – another New Jersey native.

And the added weight only made him faster.

"He's actually gained speed," Carlson said. "He's impressive with his squats and his cleans, but he's actually faster now with the weight on. I see him in practice and he does things off the ball that make your jaw drop. [During camp], he just exploded. He's going to be a tough kid to tackle."

Carlson described Brown as a student of the game and a receiver that can do a lot more than line up wide.

"There are a lot of guys his height that can catch the ball, but he does so much for us," he said. "He does kickoff return, punt return, defense, slot. There aren't a lot of guys with his versatility and size that I've seen.

"The main thing about Noah isn't his physical attributes. Mentally, he knows and learns very fast. We play him out wide, in the slot, at running back. He picks up everything. We do a lot of stuff scheme wise and he's a very intelligent kid."

Brown chose Ohio State over Rutgers with the pair of schools being finalists because of relationships and the Big Ten. Brown is the prototypical "Big Ten athlete," said Carlson and can fit well in the Ohio State scheme.

"To be honest with you, I think the chance to be in the Big Ten really sets those schools apart," Carlson said prior to Brown's decision. "He's big and strong enough to play there. I think he can bring something special to that conference."

Carlson is the former head coach of Division III Kean University and has 25 years of coaching experience within New Jersey.

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