Brown Seeing Defense In His Future

One of the biggest mysteries in Ohio State's class of 2009 is which position will best fit the talents of Corey Brown. The four-star prospect tells that the Buckeye coaches might have tipped their hands as to where he will start his college career.

Ohio State still claims to be viewing Corey Brown as either a wide receiver or a defensive back, but the Buckeyes might have tipped their hand in an obvious way about a month ago.

Although the four-star prospect as ranked by is also listed as the No. 9 cornerback in the country, Brown has elevated his status by also excelling on the offensive side of the ball as a wideout. As a senior, he caught 42 passes for 708 yards and 15 touchdowns but also had 84 tackles, 20 pass breakups and two interceptions on defense. However, it appears that Brown will be starting his OSU career trying to prevent others from catching the football rather than trying to do so himself.

Brown told that the OSU coaching staff sent him a copy of the playbook about a month ago that he has been studying. It focuses entirely on the defensive schemes.

"I got the defensive playbook," he said. "It's more complicated than my high school playbook."

On National Signing Day, head coach Jim Tressel said the coaching staff was not sure where Brown would end up in college.

"Corey's a guy we think could play receiver or corner," Tressel said. "We like to have our receivers and corners come in and play a little bit of both in preseason and find out where they'll be, kind of like Gonzo (Anthony Gonzalez) and Teddy (Ted Ginn Jr.) and Chris Gamble and those guys. We'll see what fits them and what our needs are. Good, physical guy. Has good range."

But now, in addition to receiving the defensive playbook, Brown has another indicator that he will be playing defense for the Buckeyes. The OSU coaches have told him that he will be wearing No. 3 if he suits up on the defensive side of the ball.

The Buckeyes have not yet picked a number for Brown should he find himself at wide receiver.

"I like playing either/or, because I like fitting in wherever I can," Brown said.

He will report to Columbus on June 20 for summer classes. Brown will room with incoming freshman defensive back Dominic Clarke, although he said the two have not planned out who will be bringing what for the room.

Brown said he keeps in contact with Jamie Wood, a freshman defensive back who enrolled for spring classes.

"He said it's fun and he likes it," Brown said. "He said he's working on getting to know each page of the playbook."

In addition, the 6-1, 185-pound Brown said he speaks daily with Dorian Bell, who also hails from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway like Brown.

With his June 10 graduation in the rear-view mirror, Brown said he is now enjoying the final days of life at home before his college career begins.

"It's been all right, I guess," he said of the final weeks at home. "I've just been hanging out with a couple of my friends that I'm not going to see and I'm still working out and stuff like that."

His goals for the first weeks of college are simple.

"I just want to get more acquainted with the playbook and stuff like that," he said. "I'm excited to get to college and start working out."

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