Early Decision On Tap For Brown

The Ohio State coaches are well-versed on how to get to Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway after spending the last two years recruiting both Shayne Hale and Dorian Bell. Now the Buckeyes have their eyes set on Corey Brown, a four-star cornerback prospect who has his eyes set on making a final decision before too long.

He might have some famous teammates to thank for helping get him more exposure, but Corey Brown has no doubts about his ability to be a big-time college player.

The four-star cornerback prospect from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway benefited from playing on the same team as five-star prospect Shayne Hale one year ago and will be lining up with five-star linebacker and classmate Dorian Bell this season. However, the 6-1, 185-pound Brown believes he could be a player on both sides of the ball in college.

Both a cornerback and a wide receiver, Brown said different schools are recruiting him for different positions.

"The bigger schools like Ohio State and Michigan want me at corner, but other schools say I can play both," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I probably prefer playing corner. I don't hate anything about it. I like jamming the receivers and being physical and running with them and things like that."

As a junior, Brown made 54 tackles and had five interceptions as a cornerback and caught 23 passes for 500 yards and two touchdowns on offense. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 11 cornerback prospect in the country.

Throughout the recruiting process, Brown said he has benefited from seeing both Hale and Bell go through it before him.

"It's helped out a lot because I've seen what they were going through and how they handled stuff with coaches coming to see them," he said. "I learned what questions to ask and stuff like that."

Although he declined to name a leader, Brown listed OSU, Michigan, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Alabama as schools that are actively recruiting him.

The chance to continue playing his college ball with Bell or Hale – the former of whom is a verbal member of OSU's class of 2009, the latter a member of Pitt's class of 2008 – will not affect his final decision, Brown said.

"I'm just going to try and find the school that fits me best," he said.

When trying to come up with a list, Brown said he will weigh schools based on two factors: how their academic programs are and whether or not he can see playing time as a true freshman. He has not yet selected a major and plans to enroll as an undecided student.

The plan moving forward is for Brown to take a handful of unofficial visits during the summer. Alabama is high on that list. From there, he will trim his list down in mid-summer with the goal of making a final decision by the time his first game rolls around.

One of the schools he will likely take an unofficial visit to this summer is OSU even though Brown said he has been there "a couple times."

"I love it up there," he said. "Everything's like new. Last week I talked to (linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and he said that (head) coach (Jim) Tressel is going to call me this week or next week and talk to my mother and see when we can get up there again and stuff like that."

When asked what he likes best about OSU, Brown pointed to the school's history.

"They are known for getting corners to the NFL," he said. "Their coaching staff is great and you've got to love their prestige and stuff like that."

Although Brown has his sights set on making a decision earlier rather than later, that has not stopped the recruiting process from taking a toll on him.

"I didn't know it was going to be this crazy and I was going to get all this attention," he said.

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