Buckeye Offer Caught Brown By Surprise

Ohio State had been recruiting him since following his freshman season, but that did not mean Tommy Brown knew a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes was forthcoming. The latest member of OSU's class of 2011 talks to BuckeyeSports.com about his recruitment, his commitment and more.

Tommy Brown had no idea an Ohio State scholarship offer was coming, but he had a plan just in case.

The unranked offensive tackle prospect from Akron Firestone made a trip to Columbus with his parents April 3 to watch the Buckeyes go through a spring practice. To that point, he held seven scholarship offers but was dreaming of landing one from OSU.

In his words, his recruitment to that point had been crazy.

"That's the only word to describe it," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It was getting out of control."

Things would become clearer once the day was complete.

"I was sitting in the lounge (at OSU) with Doran Grant," Brown said. "My parents were touring the indoor facility and when they were done Coach Tressel called me into his office and started talking to me and my parents. He had us looking at his championship rings and watches and signed footballs from previous players.

"Then he sat me down and told me about life and he said Ohio State definitely has a scholarship waiting for me."

This was the situation Brown said he had hoped and prayed for, and his commitment was immediate. The 6-5, 300-pound lineman became the eighth member of the class of 2011.

"They've been interested in me ever since after my freshman year," he said. "I thought it would be a regular practice day, watch and go home."

Brown said he had already told his parents that he would immediately accept an OSU offer. Once Tressel extended one and it was accepted, Brown said the coach was excited.

"He was just smiling a lot," Brown said. "I guess he didn't think I was going to commit on the spot but when he saw that I committed he shook his head real quick and then he jumped up and said, ‘Yeah? Then let's get it going.' It was cool."

Brown said he primarily lines up at offensive and defensive tackle, adding that he does not play as an interior offensive lineman but that he can if called upon. As for where the Buckeyes project him to play, Brown said he is not sure.

"I don't know what's going on with that," he said. "I've been reading articles that say offensive line and defensive line with a question mark. It's crazy. I've been wanting to go to offensive line, but if I have to play defensive line then I'll play it. it doesn't matter to me."

Asked what the OSU coaches like about him, Brown said his personality, athleticism and maturity level.

His other offers were from Akron, Ohio, Toledo, Ball State, Duke, West Virginia and Michigan State.

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