The consensus top recruit in the country is Andrew Brown out of Chesapeake, Virginia. The junior defensive tackle has the strength and explosive speed that make college coaches salivate.
Defensive line is also a position of need for the Miami Hurricanes as the 2014 recruiting season hits full stride. The Hurricanes dropped the ball last year at the defensive line position, and clearly need to land a big time prospect this time around. Making the need at defensive line even more acute was the very poor play of the defense last year. The rushing defense was particular bad, ranking 104th in the nation. The Hurricanes need a playmaker among the defensive down lineman.
Brown definitely fits the bill. At 6′ 3” and 300 lbs., he has the size to demand double teams, allowing the linebackers to remain free and make tackles. What makes Brown a consensus five star recruit is his explosive first step off the snap. His anticipation of the snap count and excellent rush moves allow him to not just demand double teams, but avoid them all together and make tackles for loss. Even more impressive is that he has room for improvement. He is still light in the upper body, and can get even bigger and stronger.
Landing Brown would be a coup for Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden’s staff on par with landing cornerback Tracy Howard last year. The question is how much interest does Brown have in Miami? Asking that question is easy. Answering it is much harder.
Miami was on Brown relatively late in the process and only offered him recently. Furthermore, most recruiting experts expect Brown to commit to an SEC school such as the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Florida Gators. With Brown being from Virginia, one would imagine that the Virginia Tech Hokies will also be in play.
Nevertheless, there is no doubt Brown would fit right in to Miami’s proud history of defensive linemen. This is a school that produced Warren Sapp, Cortez Kennedy, Jerome Brown and Vince Wilfork. With his size, strength and speed, Brown could easily find his name mentioned among those Hurricane greats.