Corey Brown Sets Up Buckeye Visit

Gateway [Pa.] super athlete Corey Brown has attracted over 30 scholarship offers. Brown is coming close to narrowing his list down. Is Ohio State still one of his favorites and is he visiting soon? Bill Greene has the latest.

Gateway [Pa.] has once again produced a great athlete that Ohio State wants to secure a commitment from. Corey Brown, a star on both sides of the football, has attracted offers from over 30 schools, including Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, Alabama, West Virginia and many others. The Buckeyes have already secured a commitment from Brown's teammate, Dorian Bell.

"I really haven't narrowed my list officially, but there are a few schools that I've got a good feel for right now," Brown said of his recruitment. "Those schools would be Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina, West Virginia and Pitt. I visited Michigan a few weeks ago and I liked it there a lot. Their coaches were great to talk with and I like the school academically. I'm pretty high on them. North Carolina is a great place and I like what Butch Davis is doing there. He's going to turn them around and the distance won't have an effect on my decision at all. I've been to West Virginia before and I feel comfortable with those coaches. They are tight with my high school staff too. Pitt is my hometown school. I'm very familiar with Pitt and I know a lot of kids playing there. Pitt would be close to home for my family. I only have one visit set up for this summer and that is to Ohio State. I'm still hearing from Florida State but they haven't offered yet. I might be interested if they would offer."

Brown has listed Ohio State as one of his favorites since receiving an offer last month. He spoke about his upcoming visit to Columbus.

"I like Ohio State a lot," he said. "I talk to the coaches about every week. I love the facilities and I like the coaches a lot. I will be going there on June 20th. I'm going with my mom and my head coach [Terry Smith]. I think my teammate, Dorian Bell, will be there too. I doubt there would be any chance I would commit on the visit. I'd want to come home and talk everything over before making any commitment to any school. I could commit before fall, but if I'm not completely sure then I will take all my visits. I will count on coach Smith for advice throughout the process. Ohio State has not pressured me at all to accept their offer quickly and I appreciate that. I know they've picked up a lot of commitments lately but that doesn't bother me at all."

Brown is ranked as one of the top defensive backs in the country, but is also a fantastic receiver. He caught 23 passes for over 500 yards as a junior. He also had 54 tackles and five interceptions on defense.

"Defensively, I think my greatest strength is the ability to play physical football," Brown stated. "As a cornerback I use my strength and my reach to my advantage. I need to work on my man to man coverage. I feel if I continue to work on technique that I can play that position in college. I think my hip turn is another strength that I use. I think I will play defensive back in college, not wide receiver, but I'll play wherever my school wants me."

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