Over the past several weeks, we have unveiled Ohio High's top 105 football prospects for the Class of 2006. Today, we are up to the No. 2 spot on the list. Here is Duane Long's capsule on this prospect:
2. ***** Aaron Brown 6-6
283 OL/DT Cincinnati Princeton
Brown moves so well that some schools will want him for defense, but I think he is a future NFL player as an offensive tackle. He has really good technique and plays with intensity. He is such a great athlete and is so fluid.
Brown has added more than 20 pounds since I last took a look at him but actually looks better. He is such a big-framed kid that he looked a little thin in the skin when I saw him at the 255-260 range. Brown is a sure 300-pound kid and will likely be there by the time he arrives on a college campus.
There is so much about him to like that it is hard to pick one thing, but what really stands out to me is his quickness. Brown cut-blocks like a pro already. He comes out of his stance and is on his man before he has time to react.
Brown has that wingspan that I think is crucial to a tackle in this day and age of zone blitzes and pass rushers with sub-4.5 speed, and he has already learned how to use it. The one thing he needs to work on is his strength, but the fact that he has learned to get those long arms out in front of him and onto defenders helps him to negate the strength disadvantage. That was very apparent when he went up against Cincinnati Colerain's Terrill Byrd last year. Brown neutralized a player that had dominated every offensive lineman he had faced the last two years and was a strong candidate for defensive player of the year last year and a top-20 player in this publication.
I speak to Aaron's dad, George Brown, regularly. He had never been happy with Aaron's work ethic, but recently that has changed. George is no longer telling Aaron it is time to workout; Aaron is now telling his dad that it is time. With this much natural ability and the fact that the light has come on about what it takes to be great, I think it is just a matter of time before we start seeing headlines about whether he will apply for the NFL early or stay for his senior year.
Brown's offer list is the most impressive I have seen so far this year. Miami (Fla.), Florida, LSU and Ohio State have already come in with offers, just to name a few. The Buckeyes are going to be hard to beat, but I think Brown takes a couple of visits. Likely a national top-five offensive lineman.
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