August 28, 2008

Marlon Brown planning visits

Ohio State better buckle its seatbelt because trying to land four-star wide receiver Marlon Brown out of Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy won't be an effortless ride.

Anything worthwhile, however, doesn't come easy.

While Brown has named Ohio State as one of the schools who still remains in his top six, the competition wont be unproblematic, as the explosive wide receiver is also considering Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, and USC.

"All those schools are still schools I am looking at," Brown said.

The good news for Ohio State, however, is Brown, a Rivals100 receiver ranked at No. 54, has planned an official visit to Columbus Oct. 11 when the Buckeyes invite Purdue into the Horseshoe.

Even so, Brown also is expected to be in Athens, Ga., Sept. 27 to visit the Bulldogs when Alabama comes into town.

"Right now I am planning all of my official visits," said the 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver. "I am going to Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia."

With visits still remaining to a bevy of different powerhouse programs, Brown said he wasn't going to give any insight as to where the teams stack up against each other. Brown was set on not giving out any ideas as to who was leading the race because he wanted all the schools on a level playing field.

Nevertheless, the wide receiver has been in steady contact with Ohio State through wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, as Brown said he emailed him within the last two days.

"We were just talking about my visit and stuff," Brown said. "But that is just about it."

One of the biggest things that has stood out to Brown about Ohio State is Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel. Brown has not been shy to publicly comment on how much he enjoys speaking with Tressel, which is one of the main reasons he still has Ohio State on his list.

That fact that Brown is hitting it off with Tressel is undoubtedly a good sign for the Buckeye faithful, given the recruit said the head coach of the program he picks is "going to play a huge role" in the final decision. Brown's relationship with Tressel, however, shouldn't be considered as a deal-maker.

"I like (Tressel), he is an amazing guy," Brown said. "I like their tradition as a team.

"(Tressel) is a down to earth guy," Brown added. "He knows what he is talking about and he is very experienced. I really like him."

While Brown has a handful of visits planned, he said he was particularly excited about seeing what Ohio State has to offer and watching the game at Ohio Stadium.

"It's the Horseshoe," Brown said. "I mean, that says it all pretty much."

With as many high caliber schools as Brown has on his list, it isn't going to be an easy decision by any means. That's why the receiver said he plans on waiting until signing day or after before he makes his final decision.

"I think I am going to take last visits in January and February and then after that I am just going to be alone," Brown said. "I don't know, it is going to be a really hard choice."

Being from Tennessee it isn't a wonder as to why Brown has four SEC schools in his remaining six choices. Brown said the exposure to the conference living where he does has a lot to do with it.

"It's SEC football and I am from Memphis and I am down south, so," Brown said.

In Brown's first high school game last week, he seemed to pick up right where he left off last year. Brown scored a total four touchdowns but two were called back on penalties.

"I scored (four) touchdowns but I had one called back for holding and one interception called back for roughing the passer, too," Brown said.

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