RECRUITING: OU among top 4 for St. Louis DE

St. Louis, Mo. defensive end Jerry Brown update.


Jerry Brown is one of those defensive tackle types that college coaches call MUST GET recruits on their recruiting boards.

Brown is big, strong and fast and one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country, and you know how tough it is to find great defensive tackles. Brown will compete his senior year as a four-year starter along the defensive line.

"I like playing on the defensive line because I am close to the ball," said Brown. "I know I can get double-teamed in the trenches, but I really don't care. The last two years more and more teams have started to double-team me, but that doesn't keep me from making tackles."

Brown finished last season with 78 tackles, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries, despite the fact he suffered a sprained knee early in the year and was out for two games. He was never totally healthy the rest of the year.

Brown can bench 265 pounds, squats 250, and he posted a vertical jump of 27.5 inches. Brown also throws the shot (43) in track.

He just started to go to camps this year, making it to the Scout U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio and to the SIU lineman camp before his sophomore year. Brown also attended junior days at Iowa and Missouri, the spring game at OU and a spring practice at Nebraska.

Brown has been offered by Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Louisville, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan State.

"I am still looking at everybody at this point," said Brown. "There were some schools that I really enjoyed looking at like Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri. I have been looking real hard at these four schools because they have been recruiting me longer than anybody else, but these other schools are just now getting into the picture and I am taking a look at them."

What are Brown's thoughts on the Sooners?

"They are a really good team and they are always playing for championships," said Brown. "I have a great relationship with Coach (Jackie) Shipp and Coach (Kevin) Wilson. They are great guys to talk to. Plus, Coach Shipp coached my head coach (Reginald Ferguson) at Langston.

"I like how OU plays defense and I think I can fit into that defense. At the spring game, I was really impressed with how the defensive line played, but I think the O-line was handicapped a little bit."

Brown is still working on qualifying, but is very, very close.

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