Offensive lineman Aaron Brown of Cincinnati (Oh.) Princeton has been one of Ohio's most highly recruited football prospects this year. After being recruited by dozens of major colleges across the country and taking official visits to Auburn, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Virginia Tech, Brown announced his intentions to play college football for Virginia Tech.
"The past year's been really exciting," he said. "I've had a lot of fun visiting to the schools and going to the games. I want to thank my family for this most significant time in my life."
Brown then pulled a Virginia Tech hat out of a bag and announced his choice.
"And now the school I will be going to is Virginia Tech," he said.
Brown cited his comfort with the Virginia Tech coaches and the possibility of early playing time as reasons for his commitment. He also thoroughly enjoyed his official visit to Virginia Tech for their game against Georgia Tech.
"The atmosphere was unbelievable," he said. "The environment was awesome.
Brown will play tackle at Virginia Tech.
Brown took an official visit to Ohio State during Texas weekend, but stated he did not feel a connection and did not feel comfortable with OSU's coaches. Brown also mentioned concern about off-the-field issues with Ohio State but was still impressed with the atmosphere for the game.
"I love the fans there," he said. "I love the atmosphere. It was crazy. But I just didn't feel a connection there."
Brown was offered by Ohio State on signing day in February. He is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Ohio by Ohio High magazine and as the No. 18 offensive line prospect in the country by Scout.com.