Better Know a Buckeye: Noah Brown

By Vico on June 5, 2014 at 11:00a
Noah Brown
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The 17th installment of this year's Better Know a Buckeye series returns to the East Coast to profile Noah Brown, an athlete from Sparta Township in New Jersey. Like Curtis Samuel profiled last week, Brown will enroll at Ohio State as an "athlete" without a formal designation. The coaches expect him to be a true "X receiver" who is aligned on the line of scrimmage. Given his size and speed, this is an intriguing potential development for Brown at Ohio State.

This profile introduces him here, beginning with a recruiting battle that, as for Samuel, was primarily between Ohio State and Rutgers. Afterward, I discuss his September 9th commitment to Ohio State shortly after his official visit. The feature proceeds normally from there. I discuss strengths and areas for improvement before offering a projection of a redshirt in 2014. After including highlight film, I conclude with miscellaneous things about Noah Brown you may find interesting.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 212
High School: Pope John XXIII Regional High School; Sparta Township, NJ

His Recruitment

Ohio State took first notice of Noah Brown in May 2013, extending an offer on the 9th. With irons in the fire for both Austin Roberts (UCLA) and Mike Gesicki (Penn State), it would have been difficult to pass on him given how impressive his junior year film was. By that time, Brown had offers from programs like North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. Notre Dame had just offered as well.

Ohio State was saying all the right things as well. His recruitment was all Ohio State through the summer. Brown was not mincing words either when he said Ohio State was a clear leader for his verbal commitment. This was said after his unofficial visit to Ohio State for its Friday Night Lights camp. Knowing that Brown wanted to make a decision before his senior year started, this would have been sufficient to predict an eventual verbal commitment to Ohio State.

It was not that cut and dry, though. Amid some uncertainty regarding his position with Ohio State, Brown said he was planning some visits to places like Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. Rutgers surged during the late summer and early fall of 2013. In fact, most crystal ball predictions that had him solid to Ohio State flipped to Rutgers accordingly. After an unofficial visit to Rutgers in the first week of August, Brown was reticent to say Ohio State was his leader.

"I spoke with coach Flood for a long time," said Brown. "He pretty much gave me the same talk we have every time about the opportunity that is there at Rutgers and how much they want me there. And he talked about the potential of the class that could be coming in to rep(resent) Jersey if I came."

Brown, who recently announced Ohio State as his leader, has Rutgers pulling closer in a race to the finish. He addressed if the Buckeyes were still in the lead for his services after Tuesday's visit.

"I haven't really thought about that yet," he said. "I will discuss that with my family later on when I decide to narrow my list down a bit. Right now, I'm just trying to sit back and take in as much info as possible."

Focusing on Rutgers, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech, Ohio State seemed to be losing its position before a commitment date tentatively scheduled for the middle of September.

This position was subject to an abrupt change when Brown announced he would take an official visit to Ohio State for its game against San Diego State. Since the visit was five days before the date by which Brown wanted to terminate his recruitment, a verbal commitment to Ohio State seemed inevitable.

His Commitment

Content with his visit to Ohio State and the red carpet treatment he received, Brown announced a verbal commitment to Ohio State the Monday afterward. 

Brown also did a video interview discussing his recruitment and the reasons for his commitment.

Where He Excels

Brown is an unusual selection for an Ohio State recruiting class that I have observed over the past ten years. He has a frame that bodes well for a future running back or tight end with the speed of a split end.

For what it is worth, Ohio State's coaches want him as a split end, an "X" wide receiver who aligns on the line of scrimmage pre-snap. Ohio State's coaches feel Brown has the type of body and power that can overwhelm press coverage when press coverage presents itself.

Put another way, Noah Brown's ceiling (if he reaches it) is David Boston. He has stated that this is his goal.

Brown's projection to a split end is attributable to his hand-eye coordination. A prospect of his size and his speed could be a solid H-back or an otherworldly split end. Ohio State coaches are betting on the latter.

Must Work On

Brown did everything for his Pope John XXIII team. Put in other words: he is a jack of all trades and a master of none at the moment. He is powerful without break-away speed. This could make him one-dimensional as a receiver. He will need work with his routes, which goes without saying for any wide receiver prospect transitioning from high school to college.

The intriguing question concerns his frame. Can he add more "good weight" to his frame and keep or improve his speed? If so, he can reach a ceiling that could make him a star at Ohio State and earn him an invite to the NFL Draft's green room. If not, he can transition to H-back and do well. He would be less dynamic for it, though.

Redshirt?

I am struggling with this one. My instinct says "yes" because it is not clear to me that Brown can do something in his first year that can not be done with somebody who has eligibility to burn. Still, Brown is more versatile than the average freshman. I'm still leaning toward "yes".

Highlights

This is senior year.

Miscellany

  • 11W Community Interview.
  • Received quite possibly the worst recruiting mailer ever from Rutgers.
  • Had 1,363 total offensive yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior en route to First Team All-New Jersey honors. He was named the West Jersey Player of the Year.
  • Missed his sophomore season with a punctured lung.
  • He wanted to end his recruitment when he did so he can focus his senior season on finally winning a state championship. However, the season ended in the state championship game with a 62-14 loss to St. Joseph's in MetLife Stadium.
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Comments

jaxbuckeye's picture

It might be just me, but a recruit goes up a few notches when he speaks well, like Noah. Don't know if I associate it with education/intelligence or just like the break from the dumb jock stereotype. But I always get a good feeling about a recruit when he's articulate. 

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Not only that, Jax, but it makes me think a well-spoken and intelligent young man will not make bad choices while at college.  He sounds like quality young man.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

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spqr2008's picture

I also love his hashtag.  #Bully.  Teddy Roosevelt is a good role model for scholar athletes.

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ToetotheFace's picture

It holds some value, although there are plenty who can speak well/have intelligence but aren't going to necessarily make good choices. Intelligence doesn't equal responsibility although there is a good degree of correlation.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

I don't mean to detract attention from Noah, but did you see the size of his QB?  Wonder if this young man has offers... Looks like a smaller version of Cardale Jones.

Marc Pocock (a.k.a NuttyBuckeye)

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you cannot take the Ohio out of the man. Go Bucks!!

ECBeastor's picture

The QB was Sonny Abramson, 6'2" 217 lbs.  Class of 2016.  Already has offers from Syracuse, Rutgers and South Florida.

Another teammate of Noah's, TE Ryan Izzo (6'6" 220 lbs), committed to Florida State's 2014 class.

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Squirrel Master's picture

I say he redshirts. I like this kid but I think he needs a year in the system to find his niche. I think the recruiting class this year will determine his position just as much as how he develops. If OSU only brings in one big back (Harris or Scott) or if they strike out on any legit TEs, I think Brown will move to either of those spots. If they do well at both those positions (Harris and Clark), then he might follow in the footsteps of Mike Thomas and Evan Spencer as a big blocking split end. Right now I say he stays at split end and develops nicely there.

I don't see him as an H but who knows. The way he carries the ball and uses his frame, he could be a nice do-it-all guy.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

osubuck57's picture

Probably does red-shirt, but love his character and hope for big things for him in the future. Our WR corps has a bright future ahead with all these young guys. Wouldn't be surprised at all if he moves up the depth chart next year.

SCOTTC.

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MacG91's picture

If offense doesn't work out for him, I could see a switch to linebacker or SS. He has the body and physicality for both those positions. 

Mac..yeah

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BuddhaBuck's picture

Since analogies are easy, how about a role like Trey Burton had at UF? Undrafted WR/TE who was picked by the Eagles.

Don't text while driving.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Big, physical guy...hopefully he becomes "Bad News Brown" for OSU opponents.

Class of 2010.

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whobdis's picture

Brown and Hubbard are the most interesting of the recruits imo. It's hard to speculate where either will end up when it's all said and done. Frankly he looks like a running back to me on the field. He could be another Boston..he could be another Rod Smith that seems to have trouble finding his way on the field (despite impressive physical traits). I do like getting some physical receivers though as we've been pulling in a lot of speed guys. THis is the fun part of CFB though..watching these guys develop.

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buckskin's picture

This guy sounds impressive and has all the right tools to make it to the top.  We could use another Boston in our arsenal, hopefully with his attitude against Michigan.

bodast67's picture

I cant click on the recruiting mailer, can anybody post  the picture.

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Groveport Heisman's picture

 

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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Groveport Heisman's picture

Not sure which picture you needed so  I posted both for you.

Mark my words..I don't need acceptance. I'm catching interceptions on you innocent pedestrians.

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bodast67's picture

      It was this one Groveport. But thank for for your effort kind sir !

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

dubjayfootball90's picture

If this kid can get anywhere near D. Boston status... Sign me up!!!

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Max Power's picture

As stated above, if we strike out on our tight end targets I see that position as a logical landing spot for him. Unless Sam Hubbard finds a home there. Even then, he still might wind up at TE along with Hubbard.

In a perfect world, we land two good TEs in '15. Brown redshirts and goes through a year of Coach Mick''s Man Factory, turning into David Boston reincarnate. Do work and Bully On Mr. Brown!

TraSmith4's picture

Honestly he would be one scary safety!... dudes would be hearing footsteps and developing cases of alligator arms all over the B1G. Watching the tape on offense though he kind of reminds me more of a Vernon Davis type.... but the next Boston would be just fine as well. #bully

THEOSUfan's picture

He has a nasty stiff arm.  A little time in the weight room and he might reach Beanie Wells status.

He may not have break away speed, but he's not slow, and he shows the ability to make the right cuts, and once he gets hit, he is hard to get to the ground.

Love this kid.  You never know how those abilities will translate to big time CFB, and whether they will adjust mentally, socially, and academically, but I see no red flags with this one.

johnny11's picture

I think you beef him up to 225 and he could be a nasty Hback prospect. He can carry. He can catch. He's physical whent he ball is in his hands. One of my favorite prospects from this class.