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National Signing Day 2017: Welcome to Penn State, DJ Brown

The Georgia cornerback is making his way north to play college football in the Big Ten.

247Sports: Cory Fravel

The culmination of the recruiting season is here, as National Signing Day 2017 is finally upon it. Here at Black Shoe Diaries, we’ll have coverage throughout the day of Penn State’s recruiting class, taking a player-by-player look at each member of the class, and taking a bigger picture look at the class as a whole. Thanks for stopping by, and if you aren’t already following, please follow @BSDTweet on Twitter for more recruiting news and notes.

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Cornerback coach Terry Smith was busy on the recruiting trail in 2017, hauling in a trio of corners — Lamont Wade, Donovan Johnson, and DJ Brown. The latter of the three, Brown, hails from Georgia, but committed to the Nittany Lions shortly following his visit to Penn State for the Blue-White game.


Position Hometown Height/Weight 247Composite Ranking Positional Ranking
Position Hometown Height/Weight 247Composite Ranking Positional Ranking
Cornerback Fairburn, GA (Creekside) 5-foot-11, 175 pounds Three-star (0.8446) No. 980 overall, No. 108 cornerback, No. 100 in GA


Scouting Report

Brown has the makings of a good cornerback. He displays good instincts in coverage, whether in man or zone. He shows good speed, with a number of his highlights chasing down opposing players from the other side of the field. He’s a little bit on the smaller side, but still adequate height and length at 5-foot-11. Although there’s nothing Brown does exceptionally well, there’s definitely tools here to become a solid cornerback.


With four of its top five corners returning, and with Lamont Wade in the same class, it’s highly likely that Brown will take a redshirt season. He’s still on the smaller side of things, only weighing about 175 pounds, so a gap season where he can focus on adding mass will be beneficial for him.