In recent years, the Buckeyes have not had many players looking in their direction from the state of Texas. There has been player or two over the past few years who has mentioned OSU, but this year, a few of the Lone Star State's best players have shown interest in the Buckeyes. One of those is cornerback Tarell Brown, who might be the best CB in the state and is one of the best in the nation.
So far, Tarell and his team, North Mesquite HS from Mesquite, TX, are off to a good start.
"We are 2-0 and ranked # 14 in the state," Tarell said. "We have a tradition to uphold. We have been in the playoffs 13 straight years."
CB isn't the only position Tarell excels at.
"I play running back too," he said. "I have run for 280 yards in 2 games. Last year I had 1100 yards rushing and missed 4 games."
Tarell is not waiting until the season is over to start looking at colleges though.
"I go to my first game this weekend at Texas," he said. "I have not been anywhere else."
A visit to OSU could come soon also.
"I definitely plan on visiting," Tarell said. "In fact, I am trying to set something up now for the Ohio State-Indiana game."
"Ohio State has been hot after me... I have seen all 3 Ohio State games. I like watching Mike Doss. What I love doing is watching Maurice Clarett."
When a player from a warm climate is looking towards Columbus, one of the natural concerns is if they would have a problem coming to a place where they will have to bundle up in the wintertime. But Tarell isn't concerned about that.
"Weather won't be a factor," he said. "I was born in New York."
He already has his academic path chosen as well. "I plan on majoring in Business and finance," he said.
Tarell's stock really shot up at the Nike Camp in Texas, where he was the MVP. He brings the speed you want to see for a corner.
"I am 6-0 and about 180," Tarell said. "I ran a 4.35 at the national all-star game combine and I ran a 4.32 at the Nike combine."
TheInsiders.com database has Tarell's list of schools as being Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, and UCLA, so the Buckeyes are going up against some tough competitors for him. We will be anxious to see what he thinks after his visit!