Benedictine's Brown Participates At OSU Camp

Cleveland Benedictine running back Jahmal Brown was among the prospects in attendance at Saturday's Senior Advanced Camp at Ohio State. Brown reflects on the OSU camp as well as others he attended as part of Ted Ginn Sr.'s recent bus tour.

One of the recognizable names from Ohio State's Senior Advanced Camp was Cleveland Benedictine running back Jahmal Brown.

The 5-10, 190-pound Brown was among a group of prospects who joined Cleveland Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. on his recent bus tour of Midwest colleges.

"It was a good experience," said Brown, who helped Benedictine claim a Division II state title. "I got to meet a lot of people from Glenville. I got to become friends with them. I was competing with a good amount of talent every day. I think that helped make me a better player."

Brown talked about a couple of his favorite stops.

"What I liked about Illinois was we got to work out on the main field and they had music playing," he said. "It felt like a great place to be. Another place I liked was Iowa. I also liked Wisconsin.

"I didn't get any offers, but a lot of coaches are interested in me now. I thank Coach Ginn a lot to give me a chance and taking me on the trip with him."

Brown lists OSU, Pittsburgh and Illinois as his favorite schools.

"Overall, I think it went well," he said of the OSU camp. "Out of all the camps we went to this one was the most competitive. The coaches showed us how to do certain things that should make us better. We had good speed training. That's something that should help us in the future."

Brown, who rushed for 1,894 yards and scored 21 touchdowns last season as the starting running back, considers himself to be somewhat of a combination speed/power running back.

"I can run through a tackler or I can run past a tackler," he said. "Whatever I do comes naturally but it helps that I have patience when I'm running ball. I'm patient to let my blocks develop before I make my cuts."

And playing linebacker on defense certainly helps Brown to be more aggressive when he's on offense. Brown recorded 105 total stops last season.

"At linebacker, you have to be very aggressive and that kind of helps me when I'm running the ball," Brown said. "It helps me to break through tackles and just be more aggressive whenever I have to."

Brown and his Bengals teammates have one goal in mind for 2005.

"Every year, we have it in our mind-set to make it to the state championship," he said. "I think it will work out pretty good.

"The motivation for this season is that we want to make it three wins in the championship game," said Brown, who had 22 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 27-14 title game win over St. Marys Memorial. "For me, there's nothing like winning a championship in your senior year so that's my motivation. I want to leave with the championship. I know that I have two already but I want to win it in my senior year."

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