Competing for a national championship in college football is done year-by-year, game-by-game and through the grueling process of piecing the team together carefully through each and every recruit. This is the scenario that Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly and his staff is all too familiar with, but very good at.
The recent offering of a scholarship to the mammoth Orlando Brown Jr. from Peachtree Ridge High Cchool in Duluth, GA. shows the Oregon coaching staff’s mindset and actions in keeping the Ducks in real contention for both the Pac-12 and national championships. Brown certainly has the size and pedigree to play at the collegiate level and the NFL. The son of former NFL lineman Orlando Brown, infamously known for being accidentally hit in the eye with a penalty marker during a game by NFL referee Jeff Triplette. Brown Sr. tragically died an untimely death last September due to diabetic illness.
Oregon, like many of the nation’s top schools, has taken notice of Brown Jr. for more than just his name. Brown is listed at 6’8 and 370 pounds (according to espn.com), which on paper would give him a commanding presence in the huddle, locker room and certainly on campus.
Getting Brown to actually commit after a scholarship offer to the University of Oregon isn’t going to be an easy task; typical of high pressure collegiate recruiting. Brown, having fielded offers of scholarship by just about every big school in all the major BCS conferences, including his home state university Georgia Bulldogs, a decision isn’t expected anytime soon.
Brown may be partial to a school like Ohio State even over Georgia.
“A lot of my family is from Ohio.” Brown said to Eleven Warriors. “My Mom grew up as a huge Buckeye fan and my whole family loves Ohio State.”
It’s no coincidence that the Urban Meyer led Buckeyes recently made an offer to Brown.
Even so, the awe of Autzen stadium, the ever changing and limit-pushing sports uniforms coupled with the proximity to Nike headquarters and the facilities Oregon has to offer are rare and, in many facets, second to none.
Considering Oregon in this process for Brown is almost certainly a necessity, especially if Brown is looking for a solid platform for launching an NFL future. The University of Oregon has its share of talent and alumni at the NFL level most recently losing highly decorated and school-record holders in running back LaMichael James and the unfortunate early departure of quarterback Darron Thomas.
Even though Brown is being offered a scholarship by the top football schools in the country, he has only taken official visits to Auburn and Maryland with
“plans on [visiting] a bunch of other schools at some point this summer.”
The immediate impact of Brown as an offensive tackle could be huge for the Ducks — literally.
For Duck fans, the critical point is that Oregon has officially offered and Brown has something to think about, but the signing of Brown would simply be another step in the continued Pac-12 success of Oregon, in both recruiting and wins on the football field.