Scouting Websites: Three stars by Rivals, Scout, and ESPN
40-yard dash time: 5.1
High School: Firestone High School (Akron, OH)
High School Stats (senior year – defense): 58 tackles, 22 sacks, one safety
Over the past few seasons at Ohio State, the offensive line has often been a point of concern among fans and local media outlets. The Bucks landed a top class in 2008, with JB Shugarts, Mike Adams, and Michael Brewster, and although they have done the job and steadily improved, we haven’t seen the intimidating line at OSU that we have all been craving. The Blue Chip Trio have one more season to anchor the line, and then we will have several new faces creating paths for our stable of talented running backs. Among the new faces will be Tommy Brown, Ohio State’s only offensive line recruit in the 2011 class. I reached out to Tommy, and was lucky enough to get the chance to ask this giant new Buckeye a few questions. Here is what he had to say about himself and his future as an OSU O-lineman.
Nickname: Big Brown
College Major: Accounting
What brought him to Ohio State: The opportunity for a good education and the chance to be a part of the OSU Tradition.
Best Buckeye moment as a fan: The 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl (OSU 31 – Arkansas 26)
Scouting Report (Needs to Improve): Continuing to work on technique
Scouting Report (Biggest Strength): STRENGTH (Bench Press = 425+, Squat = 600+)
Favorite OSU Player: Orlando Pace
Interesting fact: Tommy was a city champion in shot put and discus and is the biggest two-time varsity letterman in bowling in Ohio High School history (Ok, this may not be a fact, but I’ll put the challenge out to anyone to find me a 6’6″/325 lbs two-year letterman)
Despite the fact that I gave him the chance to pick out any one player that he would like to throw a big hit on, Tommy respectfully declined, instead saying “I don’t want a hit out on anybody, I’m just lookin’ forward to playing ball” …although he is, as any Buckeye should answer, ”really looking forward to playing against Michigan this year.” It was a pleasure learning a bit more about Tommy “Big Brown,” and as you can see from the video highlights below, he should have opposing Big Ten defensive linemen a bit nervous.