February 24, 2011

Spartans close to offering Ohio DE

The state of Ohio is loaded with quality defensive end prospect for the class of 2012 and Michigan State is actively recruiting several of them. One of the best is Pharaoh Brown of Brush High School in Lyndhurst, Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Brown has seen his recruiting stock rise steadily this winter. He has already picked up multiple BCS scholarship offers and is poised to see his offer list expand more during the spring evaluation period. Brown gave us the details on the schools he is hearing from.

"Syracuse, Michigan, Arizona State and Bowling Green have offered me a scholarship," Brown stated. I am hearing from Michigan State, Ohio State, UConn, Oregon, N.C. State, Miami (Fla), Nebraska, Duke and several more."

Brown also plays basketball for Brush High School and he indicated that has impacted how many schools he has been able to visit so far this winter.

"I have been to Syracuse and Notre Dame Junior days, he stated. I am in basketball season right now so that has made it tough to get out and visit schools. My football coach is putting together all of my football stuff and I plan on getting out to a lot of school this spring and summer."

SpartanMag.com asked Brown what he knows about Michigan State University.

"I have up in the area for an AAU Basketball tournament, but I have not exactly been on campus, he said. I have talked with Coach Narduzzi and he said that Coach Dantonio just needs to see my film and I will most likely receiver and offer."

The Spartans like to recruit athletic players with Brown's size. Last year they inked defensive end/tight end Shilque Calhoun who like Brown is a 2-sport standout. Brown averages a double-double for Brush High School and is getting some scholarship interest for basketball. However, Brown knows that his greatest potential is on the gridiron.

Brown informed us that he is not in any hurry to make his college choice. He talked about his timetable and what are some of the things he is looking for in a college.

"I will probably wait until midway through my senior year to make my decision, he said. I want to make sure I fit the philosophy of the coaching staff. I also want to make sure I have a good relationship with the coaches and the school has the academics I am looking for."

Brown indicated that as of this point he does not favor any one school. The schools that have offered him obviously have a leg up right now, but he plans on giving all the schools that offer him a close look.

Michigan State will look to have Brown on campus sometime in the near future. If Brown does visit East Lansing, it is very possible that he will leave with a Michigan State scholarship offer.

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