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National Signing Day 2016: Welcome to Penn State, Cameron Brown

Linebacker U adds another big time prospect from Maryland.

Tom Loy, 247Sports

Welcome to Black Shoe Diaries' coverage of National Signing Day 2016. Our goal is to make sure that you know everything you need to know about every member of Penn State's 2016 recruiting class, including what fans should expect from them, some highlight tape and more. We truly appreciate you taking the time to follow along with our coverage of all things Penn State recruiting-related over the past year, and we can't wait to continue to ramp up our coverage for 2017. So whether you've been reading the site for years, or a first-time reader who just stumbled upon Black Shoe Diaries, we hope you stick around.

To read up on all of the other members of the 2016 recruiting class, simply head back to the main draft board, where recruits will be added as their official letters of intent roll in.

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Penn State had plenty of options when it came to outside linebacker prospects this year, and Cam Brown was high on their list from the very start, and the Maryland native was high on the Lions as well. His first visit came in January of 2015, before returning in June, then July for the Lasch Bash. It was during that July visit that Brown verbally committed to the Nittany Lions.


Position Outside linebacker
High School Paint Branch (Md.)
Height/Weight 6'5"/210 lbs.
247Composite Rank 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit (0.8929)
Positional Rank #1 outside linebacker, #10 player in Maryland
Commitment Date July 18, 2015

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Scouting Report

Brown is one of the most fascinating prospects in this class, simply because he fits in so many different spots. His speed and overall excellent athleticism make him an intriguing prospect at outside linebacker, but at 6'5" and just 210 pounds, it is not a stretch to think he grows into a defensive end. In either case, Brown is another in a long line of high end athletes that James Franklin and Co. have brought in the last three years.


Redshirt Yes

Cam will start his career at PSU as a linebacker, but with several players in front of him, and a smaller frame at 210 lbs., a redshirt seems quite likely as he bulks up, and adjusts to the college game.

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