Orlando Brown Jr. is a 3-star offensive tackle recruit from Suwanee, Georgia, and he possesses unlimited potential.
In fact, one could argue that he has NFL potential considering his pedigree.
Brown Jr. is the son of the late Orlando Brown Sr., who spent nine years in the NFL as an offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Six of those years were spent with the Ravens. He also missed three seasons recovering from an eye injury he received when he was hit in the right eye by a penalty flag.
Brown sued the NFL, reportedly settling for $25 million.
Unfortunately, Brown Sr. died far too early at the age of 40 from a medical condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, according to Andrea K. Walker of the Baltimore Sun in 2011.
Brown Sr. checked in at 6'7'', 360 pounds during his NFL playing days, and it appears as if his son is well on his way to living up to his father's stature. Brown Jr. is listed at 6'7.5'', 345 pounds, according to 247Sports.
He's an extremely intriguing 2014 recruit because of his size alone, and according to Michael Carvell of ajc.com, he's already garnered 42 scholarship offers.
Brown Jr. recently narrowed down his list to a top seven, via his Twitter account:
Orlando Brown (Zeus) @ZEUS__78
Top 7: Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa3/5/2013, 1:09:43 AM
It's worth nothing that he also did tweet that his top seven is in no specific order.
Frankly, it's not surprising to see a few of these programs in the running for the talented recruit, specifically Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State.
Nick Saban, Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer are all top-notch recruiters, and each of their programs have national championship aspirations. A recruit with Brown's potential would fit in perfectly at all three schools.
Oklahoma is a Big 12 power, and the Sooners are a major recruiting draw. South Carolina has been known to pick up some elite recruits in the past, and it would be closer to home for him. Meanwhile, Bret Bielema is bringing a history of power football and offensive line dominance to Arkansas.
Finally there's Iowa, where head coach Kirk Ferentz has a special connection with Brown Jr., according to Carvell's report:
“Coach Ferentz is a great coach, and I have a lot of coaching ties, as far as him coaching my dad when he played for Cleveland and the Ravens in the '90s. I know he’s a great coach, I know he puts his offensive linemen in the NFL.” Brown said he thought Ferentz, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick may have attended his parents’ wedding.
Iowa may not match up on paper with the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina in regards to recruiting draw. But keep an eye out for the Hawkeyes. Connection to a coach or specific program can be huge on the recruiting trail, and Ferentz's time spent coaching Brown Sr. could end up being an X-factor here.
Either way, somebody will be getting a recruit with tremendous upside.
Brown Jr. has terrific size for just a junior in high school, and he possesses the potential to be great.
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