Catching Up with Orlando Brown Jr.: Unofficial Visit

By Alex on July 18, 2012 at 3:00p
Brown Jr. is a man-child at 6-9/360Brown Jr. made his first visit to Columbus last week

Shortly after 2014 OL Orlando Brown Jr. was offered by Ohio State, we caught up with the 6-9/360 left tackle and he told us he would likely be coming to Columbus for one of the Buckeyes' summer camps in June.

That visit didn't happen, but Brown finally did make it to campus with his mother last Friday, July 13 and the visit could not have gone any better despite most of the coaching staff being out of town during the only time of the year they can take vacation.

Brown played for DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland the last two seasons, but his family moved to Georgia this year and he will play for Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee, where both Bradley Roby and Cameron Heyward starred. 

His mother's side of the family is originally from Cleveland, so the Ohio roots are there, while his father, the late Orlando Brown, played for the  Browns during his pro career. Orlando Jr. not only gets his size from his father, who was 6-7/360, but also uses the same nickname, "Zeus".

We caught up with Orlando to hear how his Ohio State visit went, what Bradley Roby is telling him about playing for the Buckeyes, when he may come back for his next visit, and more. Join us after the jump to hear more about one of the top offensive line prospects in the class of 2014, Orlando Brown Jr.

How was your Ohio State visit?

The visit went great. It was definitely a great trip, even though we were only up there for one day.

I know a lot of the coaches are on vacation right now while they can be. Who was there when you made the trip and what coaches do you normally speak to?

I spent most of the day with Coach Withers, who is my main recruiter and Coach Barton, the assistant offensive line coach. I talk to Coach Withers all of the time since he is my main recruiter and I didn't get to meet Coach Meyer because he was on vacation, but I definitely plan on talking to him soon.

What did you get to do while on campus?

We got to check out the entire campus, go on the field in the stadium, see the facilities, and talk to the assistant strength coach, which was great. I also got to talk to Bradley Roby again which was nice. I loved it at Ohio State.

You've met Bradley Roby a couple times now. What does he say to you about OSU?

He says it is a great program. He came in there as a 160 pound defensive back and now he's up to 185, so they're doing great things for him both on the field and in the weight room. He let me know why it was such a good place to come to school and after my visit I can now tell why so many people like it up there and why they get such great players to commit to play for the Buckeyes every year.

Following your return home with time to digest everything, what are your first impressions of Ohio State?

My first impression is that they are one of top schools, definitely one of the favorites right now. I will definitely be coming back to Columbus for a game in the fall to see what that atmosphere is like.

Your mom was with you on your visit and is from Cleveland. What did she think of the trip?

My mom loved it. It was her favorite team growing up, but she had never been to campus before. It was her first time there and she definitely enjoyed it.

What other schools have you visited so far? Do you have any other visits planned?

This summer I have been to Florida, Alabama, and Auburn in addition to Ohio State. I had good visits to all of them and they are all definitely schools I like and will consider highly. Right now I don't have any other visits planned until my season starts.

Many of the 2014 recruits such as Raekwon McMillan, Clifton Garrett, Nick Glass, Demetrious Knox, and some others have been talking about pulling a Miami Heat and all committing to the same school to win championships. Have they contacted you about that?

They have spoken to me about it on Twitter a few times. I told them that it would be cool for all of us to go to the same school and help win championships for a program, but at the end of the day I have to pick the school that is going to be the best fit for me. If it turns out the school I choose ends up being a school they all want to go to as well, that'd be great, but I am going to make the best choice for me.


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bassplayer7770's picture

Sounds like another great kid, and it's good to hear he loved his visit and wants to come back.

dubjayfootball90's picture

i like how he used the word definately so many times while talking about ohio state.... I would kill to see this kid in person..... Trip to GA, anyone?

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703Buckeye's picture

He's big enough that you could probably see him down in GA from your front porch.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Like this kid a great deal already!  Plus, you can't go wrong with an OL with the name ORLANDO!!!

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Urban Nation's picture

Always a good sign when Mom is a fan.

It's good to be home.

bassplayer7770's picture

Yeah, I meant to make a comment about that as well.  It certainly shouldn't hurt our chances!

CowCat's picture

6-9.  360 pounds.  Yikes!
We might only need to play four OLs if we get this kid.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I would try to sneak him in on field goal blocking unit.

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TheBadOwl's picture

He would be an absolute monster on the field goal block unit. That would be awesome.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Think of all the crazy things a coach could cook up if you could successfully run an offense with only 4 OL!

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toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

He could lose 20 pounds and still take up 1 1/2 spaces in the O-line. The Walrus would never bother to recruit this kid.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

talk about the body for the next level... by next level i mean nfl... where did his daddy play college ball?

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Squirrel Master's picture

I believe South Carolina St. I don't think should worry about him going there.

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Squirrel Master's picture

Let's see, father played for Cleveland, mother is from ohio and is a fan, Previous Orlando played OT and was revered, big need for O-line currently and already has friends here. What is there not to like.
Now I know what Raekwon and the others are trying to do and that is great but it does kind of take away from the reason you are supposed to choose a program, for your college education. With that said, they should all commit to OSU because this team is already going to win a Championship, might as well go where it is a guarantee! hint, hint, wink, wink.

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BuckeyesMJ's picture

Sounds like Orlando & mom had a great visit. It's only gonna get better once Urban has a chance to sit down with the fam.

Rizzoni's picture

Less than 200 lb DBs should stay clear of this giant, for their own safely.

Conroy's picture

It's never easy to pull in elite recruits from other regions, but with Brown's family ties to Ohio and the success two players from his HS have had and are havign at Ohio State you have to think we have a good shot here.

bukyze's picture

I look forward to this eventually becoming a gray box of goodness.

GrossePointeBuck's picture

I think the most positive part of this entire trip is just how excited and positive he was without even meeting "The Man".  If he thought this trip was great, wait until he sees Ohio Stadium packed and rocking and gets the chance to sit down with Urban.

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. I hope he comes up for the Michelin game, because I think the atmosphere will be incredible!



SPreston2001's picture

Man this kid is massive!!! I would love to see him mauling people in scarlet & gray!!! He seems like a really great kid! Lets hope we can land him!!

buckeye76BHop's picture


My first impression is that they are one of top schools, definitely one of the favorites right now. I will definitely be coming back to Columbus for a game in the fall to see what that atmosphere is like.

This should be interesting to see what he thinks of the atmosphere at the Shoe.  I tend to think he'll like it...I always do.  Well except Illinois in 2007...that sucked.  All my other visits have been fun;-)

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cinserious's picture

He seems likeva str8 forward,tell it like it is kind of guy, which i respect in such a young cat. However, when its all said and done , his mom will have a say, he will know what urban is doing, and hopefully the other cats will choose the buckeyes as well. I like the fact he said he has to choose the right place for himself. That shows he will be the leader of his class, wherever that may be. May reakqon and all the others follow as they should.

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schooey's picture

Only a Jr, so plenty of time to bulk-up, and maybe grow a bit more. LOL