As Ohio State continues to search for an outside wide receiver in their 2014 recruiting class, new names and faces have surfaced almost monthly. One name that popped up a while back was Sparta, NJ (Pope John XXIII) star Noah Brown, who visited the Buckeyes Wednesday. Brown went in to Ohio State with some large expectations and left feeling very good about the Buckeyes, from the athletic opportunities to the commitment to academic excellence. Eleven Warriors caught up with Brown following his second visit to Ohio State and talked to the electric athlete about his experience.
"I know a few people that went to Ohio State," Brown told 11W. "So I have a pretty good understanding of what (Ohio State) is as a university, my grandfather got his graduate degree from Ohio State, I know how serious they take academics there so that didn't surprise me. The campus was beautiful, and that's something I didn't get to really see on my previous visit. The size of the campus? That definitely surprised me. It doesn't intimidate me though, I want to go to a big school."
"The Buckeyes said I would be an 'X' receiver in their offense, someone who can occasionally line up in the slot to create mismatches against linebackers," he said of what the Buckeyes' plans for him. "They said I could also do some kick returning, but primarily they see me as a true, big 'X' receiver. I feel comfortable at that spot."
It was reported by Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com that Brown immediately moved the Buckeyes to the top of his list following his visit to Columbus. With offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Penn State, South Carolina and a dozen-plus more, Ohio State has some stiff competition for his services. A day removed from the visit the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder said that he still feels the same about Ohio State way even without the post-visit glow.
"I definitely still have Ohio State as my leader," he said. "They have the best balance of high-level academics and elite football that I have seen so far. Plus they have a beautiful campus and great facilities. I really got a good look at all aspects of the program and was happy to get a chance to spend close to an hour with Urban Meyer before he left for the Big Ten Media Days."
While Brown left the Buckeye state feeling great about the Buckeyes, he says committing on his visit was not in the cards.
"Committing on my visit was not in my plans," he added. "I will visit Vanderbilt (tomorrow), then I will go home and get back to work with my high school team and then I plan on making a decision before the season starts."