Buckeyes To Host Brown For Official Visit

Ohio State has produced a number of talented wide receivers in recent years, and that reputation has helped the Buckeyes attract some high-profile high school receivers. Five-star prospect Marlon Brown spoke with BuckeyeSports.com on who his top teams are, who he plans on visiting and what he likes most about OSU.

Although the 2009 Ohio State recruiting class landed verbal commitments at an unheard-of pace for the program, things will not be ending soon for the Buckeyes.

With 24 verbal commitments already in the bag, OSU is being selective about which prospects will help round out a recruiting class that will likely top off around 27 or 28. It might be some time before another player offers a verbal commitment to increase that total, however.

One of those players who could do so is Marlon Brown, a five-star wide receiver prospect from Memphis Harding Academy. At 6-5, 205 pounds with 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Brown is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 3 wide receiver in the country.

For now, Brown has a list of six top schools. In no particular order, those are USC, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and LSU. All have offered.

Although he grew up as a fan of the Volunteers and did not receive much exposure to the Buckeyes, Brown has become a big fan of OSU head coach Jim Tressel.

"Yes, they have always been there," he told BuckeyeSports.com of the Buckeyes' inclusion on his list. "I like Coach Tressel. He's amazing. He is a cool guy to talk to on the phone. On the phone, I probably talk to him two times a week. He e-mails me sometimes."

That relationship could go a long way toward landing Brown, who listed the top factor he will consider when he selects a school as the team's head coach. However, Brown said that is not really different from the interest being shown to him by other coaches recruiting him.

Those coaches all agree on a few things about Brown.

"They like that I'm tall and that I'm fast," he said. "That's about it."

As a junior, Brown caught 41 passes for 861 yards and six touchdowns. He also carried the ball 58 times for 629 yards and 10 more scores. He scored two touchdowns in his first game as a senior, but had two others called back due to penalties.

During his season, Brown said he has just two official visits he plans on taking. He will trip to Georgia and OSU, although he does not know when he will be making either trip. Brown will then take his other three official visits sometime after his season ends.

The Buckeyes already have verbal commitments from three wide receivers in Duron Carter from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, James Jackson from Grand Ledge, Mich., and Chris Fields from Painesville (Ohio) Harvey. All three are listed as four-star prospects.

But a team's depth chart will not impact his decision, Brown said. He is also not worried about recruiting classes filling up, adding that the OSU coaches have not mentioned to him that they are tight for numbers.

Tressel is not the only thing Brown said he likes about the Buckeyes.

"Their receivers coach (Darrell Hazell) is real good too, and they have a chance to win every game," he said.

For now, though, Brown's focus is largely on his team and his senior season.

"I want to go all the way this year," he said. "That's the main goal."

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