And the BOOOOOMs have begun, as Chicago native Kaleb Brown became the 13th member of Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class as he made his pledge when he arrived on campus on Monday for his official visit. The No. 63 player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rating, Brown is the No. 6 wide receiver in America, and Illinois’ second-rated player.
Brown confirmed his commitment on Twitter Monday evening.
COMMITTED #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/Nwt4TOny8x— KB (@ikaleb35) June 7, 2021
The 5-foot-11, 177-pound receiver had been previously crystal balled for That Team Up North, but when Brian Hartline comes calling, he doesn’t miss. Brown joins five-star, No. 35 player in the country Caleb Burton and four-star Kyion Grayes (No. 146) as the receivers currently in the class.
In addition to WR, Brown has played tailback in high school and has good straight-line speed, excellent hands, and good fast-twitch moves.
According to 247Sports’ national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu, Brown compares to Arizona Cardinal’s WR Christian Kirk and projects to be a second-round NFL draft pick. Trieu said:
Has played a lot of tailback in high school but projects as a slot receiver or sometimes outside receiver in college. Has done that in 7-on-7 and shown excellent feel for getting open, hands and twitch. Good straight-line speed, maybe not quite elite in that area, but can break away and make big plays in the open field. Quickness and short-area burst allow him to create separation and shows strength after the catch as well. Does not have the catch radius of other top receivers. Competitive player who can be used in a variety of ways and that versatility helps him project as a future draft pick.
Brown also held offers from TTUN, Alabama, Boston College, Penn State, Florida, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and more, but had been considered a heavy Ohio State lean for the past month as the smoke began to give way to the fire.
Congratulations on the biggest decision of your life, Kaleb, and welcome to the family!
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