Why Corey Brown Became A Buckeye

In a whirlwind of a weekend for Ohio State recruiting, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway cornerback Corey Brown found himself as one of several names to offer up verbal commitments to the Buckeyes. Now that the dust has cleared somewhat, find out why Brown chose to come to Columbus.

In a press conference at his high school, four-star cornerback prospect Corey Brown listed a wide variety of reasons why he selected Ohio State as his college choice.

But a few days later, looking back on the whirlwind weekend that was capped with a Monday announcement, Brown issued some direct credit. The recipient of the credit?

OSU head coach Jim Tressel.

"It's really because of Coach Tressel," Brown told BuckeyeSports.com. "He really sealed the deal for me for real because he was talking about how I could play on both the defense and the offense. His personality is real cool and I talked to my mother and my coaches about it and I was like, ‘Yeah, this is the place for me.'

"And the facilities up there are perfect."

While the Buckeyes were not the only school to tell the 6-1, 185-pound Brown that he could have a future playing on both sides of the ball in college, they were the ones who eventually landed a verbal commitment from the player Scout.com ranks as the No. 8 cornerback prospect in the country.

Brown's commitment came on Monday, but it was set in motion before the weekend even began. After making the trip from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway to OSU for an elite one-day camp, Brown's final decision had already been made.

But upon arriving home late Friday night, he had to talk it over with those around him first.

"When I went there I was like, ‘Yeah, I'm committing A.S.A.P,' " Brown said. "It didn't take me long at all. I talked to my coach and he told me to sleep on it and make sure that I really wanted to go there. Then I slept on it and was like, ‘Yeah, this is the place for me.' "

With his decision solidified upon awakening Saturday morning, Brown scheduled a press conference for Monday. There, he selected the Buckeyes from a final pool of schools that consisted of Pittsburgh, Michigan, West Virginia and North Carolina.

He became verbal commitment No. 21 in OSU's rapidly filling class of 2009, issuing his just moments before Dublin (Ohio) Scioto cornerback Bradley McDougald also did so. Brown was the fourth verbal commitment in 72 hours and would be one of six players to issue commitments in a four-day span.

"We're going to do something big when we get up there," Brown said of the class. "You've got a lot of players from around here and we all talk to each other so we're bonding real well right now."

While at the camp, Brown said he got to spend time getting to know Jamie Wood and Dominic Clarke, two other verbal members of the class.

"It's great because we're bonding already," he said. "As soon as you get to the camps it's like we already know each other so we can get down to business."

Now with his decision out of the way, Brown is excited about being able to focus on his senior season without having to worry about going through the recruiting process.

Consider him a done deal to the Buckeyes.

"I'm done for real," he said. "I'm committed to Ohio State."

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