OSU Commitment Surprised Even Brown

What initially looked to be just a harmless unofficial visit turned into a life-changing weekend for Corey Brown. Now that the dust has cleared, take a deeper look at why the four-star wide receiver prospect selected Ohio State as his college of choice.

Even Corey Brown was surprised to find himself committing to Ohio State.

The four-star wide receiver prospect from Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara made the trek to Columbus to watch the Buckeyes host USC for a Sept. 12 night game at Ohio Stadium.

When he hit the road to head back home the following day, he placed a call to the OSU coaching staff and issued a verbal commitment to the program. Why?

"I was watching the game and they played USC real tough and I realized they can compete with anybody and they play all the top schools," Brown told BuckeyeSports.com. "Then when I saw the facilities, they were amazing. The weight room was nice and the academic support is unreal. They're real big on getting a degree and stuff. That's what they're about."

The visit was the first to Columbus for the 5-11, 180-pound Brown.

"Coming into the weekend I had no idea that I would (commit) because I had never been there before," Brown said. "I went to see the facilities (Sept. 13) and they were nice. I realized I couldn't get much better than what it was so I just decided to commit."

Brown had previously narrowed his list to five schools: OSU, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia. He does not plan on taking any official visits to other schools.

Injuries limited him to three games as a junior but he recorded around 600 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Scout.com ranks Brown as the No. 19 wide receiver and the No. 94 prospect in the country regardless of position. OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell has been recruiting Brown as an athlete.

"They want me to pick my position," Brown said. "I'll pick wherever I can play. I have no idea until we go up there next year."

As for the final outcome of the game, Brown said it did not affect his thoughts of the Buckeyes.

"I was actually happy because they had the game won up until the last drive so that tells you that they played one of the top teams in the country and they can compete with mostly all the big-name teams in the country," he said.

He will become the second Corey Brown on the OSU roster, joining the freshman defensive back from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway. When they are both in uniform next year, the prep senior said the coaches have already told him what the backs of their jerseys will say.

"I think it's pretty funny," he said. "They will put ‘C. Brown' my jersey and just ‘Brown' on his."

Now Brown said he is relieved that he can simply focus on putting together a solid final season of prep football.

"I was real happy that now I can just focus on my senior year and my team and school this year and not have to worry about college being in the back of my head," he said.

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