Brown Trips Back To Ohio State

Five-star wide receiver prospect Marlon Brown has listed Ohio State as one of his top five schools for some time, but the Buckeyes have appeared to make some gains in recent months. That theory gained more prominence after Brown took an unofficial visit to Columbus this past weekend. Find out how it went in this report.

During the weekend of Oct. 11, Marlon Brown took an official visit to Ohio State.

The visit apparently went so well, almost exactly two months later the five-star wide receiver prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy decided to take another trip to see the Buckeyes – this one on his own dime. As OSU hosted more than half of its 2009 class for official visits, Brown made the drive north alone and spent two days in Columbus on an unofficial visit.


"Because the first time that I went there I was amazed by it," he told "I went back just to see if it was the same as before."

Arriving Dec. 13 in the morning, Brown stuck around until Sunday night.

"I think I got more understanding," he said. "I got to see the guys be themselves off the field more."

While in Columbus, Brown said he got to see more of the academic side of the university. He also got to spend time with a number of the team's verbal commitments, including Storm Klein and Jamie Wood.

The trip was part of a growing sentiment that the Buckeyes are a major player for Brown's services. Ranked by as the nation's No. 4 wide receiver, Brown has a list of five top schools he will take official visits to: Florida, Georgia, LSU, OSU and Tennessee.

Although he said he "definitely" has no leader for his services, Brown said the Buckeyes have become a more likely school to land him than they had been earlier this year.

"Oh yeah, they definitely have," he said. "Definitely. The more and more that I get on the phone with (wide receivers) coach (Darrell) Hazell and (head) coach (Jim) Tressel, it's just (good). They like that I'm a good kid first, and then they say that I have big-time talent."

Brown was one of three five-star prospects in Columbus for the weekend. While there, he got to spend time with quarterback prospect Tajh Boyd from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, who was on his official visit to the school.

"It was cool," Brown said. "He's a funny dude, to be honest. He's a funny guy. He's funny in general."

That was not the only five-star quarterback the 6-5, 205-pound Brown spent time with during the weekend. For most of the weekend, Brown said he hung out with OSU freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor – a former five-star recruit and last year's No. 1 overall prep player.

"I chilled with TP the whole time," Brown said. "He's cool and down to earth. He is an average 18-year-old, to be honest. We talk about just about everything, about life and football."

The two keep in touch outside of his visits to Columbus, Brown said. The fact that he is getting to know the two quarterbacks he could be catching passes from one day should he pick the Buckeyes helps their chances.

"It tells me how things could be," he said. "As a receiver, if I don't talk to or if I'm not around my quarterback that often it would be weird, to be honest."

Brown still has three more official visits on his itinerary. He will visit LSU on Jan. 9, Florida two weeks later and Tennessee during the final weekend in January. Brown said he regularly communicates with the Volunteers' coaching staff.

"I have three more visits left," he said. "I'm going to go on those visits, and then after that I will be ready to sign. I hope to see the players more and see the coaching staff more."

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