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Ohio corner commits to UB

---According to sources, UB landed its 20th verbal commitment from the Class of 2011 in Mike Brown, a 5-11, 175-pound cornerback from Pickerington, Ohio. Brown also received offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan and Brown. The Bulls have two more scholarships to give.

Here's a scouting report on Brown on

Brown has corner size with a safety mentality between the white lines. Will likely still get recruited at safety and may project best in a hybrid type role (similar to high school) with added size and strength. Excels in heavy pressure schemes and is a very productive underneath defender. Flashes good reactive athleticism and a quick first step. Shows good closing and attack speed coming off the edge and makes a lot of stops near the line of scrimmage. Angles are sharp and direct to the ball, shows little wasted motion. Pursues with a high motor and is a good chaser from the backside. Gets through trash well and is a solid openfield tackler when breaking down in space. Transitions quickly breaking underneath on the pass in front of him and can effectively jam in zone schemes but is not as smooth when flipping his hips to run vertically in man-to-man. Allowed to blitz and come off the edge freely and lacks read and diagnosing experience as a true high-point safety. Marginal size is a concern with his aggressive playing style. Overall, Brown may not possess ideal size and speed measurables on paper but he's a fast and relentless pursuer who could be falling under the radar at the mid-major level for teams who deploy a heavy pressure, attacking defense with hybrid defenders.

---Rodney McKissic



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