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Oh, Hello: GA DB D.J. Brown Commits to Penn State

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Penn State offered D.J. Brown on April 15. It took just ten days for him to decide to take them up on that offer.

D.J. Brown, ladies and gentlemen!


Hometown/High School: Fairburn, GA (Creekside)

Height/Weight: 5'11"/175 lbs.

Recruited By: Terry Smith, Sean Spencer

Starz n' Sheetz:

Starz: 3* across the board

Sheetz: Penn State, Arkansas State, California, Colorado, Georgia Southern, Harvard, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, UMass, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Ohio, Purdue, Tulane, UAB, UCF, UCLA, Wake Forest, Wisconsin


The Tale:

How about this for things progressing quickly? D.J. Brown visited Penn State for the first time on April 15. That was also the day that he received his scholarship offer from James Franklin and company. Ten days later, Brown is the latest member of Penn State's 2017 class. Not a bad turnaround, don't you think?

Not much is known about Brown because of how quickly he went from a dude without an offer to a member of Penn State's class. However, his offer sheet is way more impressive than what you'd expect out of most three-star kids, both because there are some big time programs in there and there are some really great schools in that group. He's also gotten looks from some huge schools that didn't extend offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, and Notre Dame. Not bad for the No. 846 recruit in America, eh?

Brown is the eighth commit in Penn State's 2017 class, which ranks No. 19 nationally and No. 7 in the Big Ten. He's the No. 90 cornerback in the country and No. 87 prospect in the talent-rich state of Georgia.

The Outlook:

With his commitment, D.J. Brown becomes the first defensive back to commit to join the 2017 recruiting class. With big names still on the board like Pittsburgh's Lamont Wade, it's not too hard to see why Brown may have made the decision to jump on board the Nittany Lion train now.

As far as on the field, he is being recruited by Penn State as a cornerback despite most of his tape showing him playing safety. Thanks to that, he could eventually show the kind of versatility in the secondary that Penn State has shown themselves to covet in players like Adrian Amos and Jordan Lucas. However, he will also likely go through an adjustment period to be ready to play corner in the Big Ten.

He's also fits in more with what this staff seems to be trying to do at the corner position. Although presumed number one corner Grant Haley stands at just 5'9, the staff clearly has an affinity for slightly bigger athletes to match up with receivers on the outside. Brown is smaller than Christian Campbell, Amani Oruwariye and Garrett Taylor, but also seems to play bigger than his size, thanks to experience at the safety position.

Thanks to pretty solid depth at the cornerback position, Brown is likely in for a redshirt.

Brown's commitment brings Penn State's class to eight.

Welcome to Penn State, D.J.!