Running Back Brown Getting Division I Attention

Running back Jahmal Brown played a big role in leading Cleveland Benedictine to a second consecutive Division III state title in 2004. Brown was at the OSU campus for the Ohio High School Football Guide "Tremendous 26" photo shoot and ceremony and took a minute to talk with us about his recruiting situation.

Jahmal Brown was one of the key components in Cleveland Benedictine's 2004 Division III state championship.

The 5-10, 190-pound Brown rushed for 1,849 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also racked up 105 tackles from his middle linebacker spot.

He has no scholarship offers at this point, but is being recruited by a number of schools.

"He's getting interest from Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Maryland and several MAC schools," Benedictine head coach Art Bortnick said.

Brown plans on attending several football camps this summer.

"I'm going to try and come here for Ohio State's," he said. "And maybe Pittsburgh's. Also, maybe Youngstown State, Northwestern and Bowling Green."

Does he have a favorite school at this point?

"Ohio State would be at the top," Brown said. "I also like Pittsburgh and Illinois a lot. Those are my top three."

Brown runs with power and also has good speed (4.52 in the 40).

But he is also talented defensively and some colleges want him as a safety.

"My heart is at running back, but if I had to play defense, I would like to play safety," he said.

Brown is hoping to make a decision this summer.

"As soon as possible," he said. "Maybe before the season, just to get it over with."

And Brown says Benedictine will once again be among the best teams in the state.

"Well, yeah, we're going to try and go for the three-peat," he said.

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