Georgia has landed 4-star defensive end Keyon Brown, according to Gentry Estes of 247 Sports.
Brown, a 6'3", 230-pound Florida native, is the No. 7 weak-side defensive end prospect in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He received offers from schools ranging from the SEC to the ACC to the Big 12 during the recruiting process.
The Hardee County High School product has the physical tools to be a difference-maker in college, possessing the size, strength and athleticism to translate nicely to the next level. Because of his athleticism, some believe he could actually become an outside linebacker.
Brown also has the initial quickness off the line to disrupt the pocket and the backfield, as well as the playing strength to be able to create separation when he takes on blockers. Beyond that, he possesses solid speed in pursuit, boasts nice change-of-direction ability and can be a big-time tackler, both at the point of attack and from behind.
The biggest concern with Brown is that he's not very consistent. He flashes the ability to be a high-impact player in college, but too often he was absent from plays in high school, despite his impressive athleticism. He also needs work on his technique, as his pad level fluctuated from play to play and he didn't create proper leverage at times.
What you ultimately have with Brown is a good prospect who has the potential to be a high-level player at the next level if he can focus more and learn the intricacies of the game.
He notched 28 tackles (three tackles for loss), five sacks and two fumble recoveries during Hardee's 2011-12 campaign, via MaxPreps.com. He also registered one of the top SPARQ scores at the Miami Nike Combine in January 2013 (via 247Sports.com), designed to measure a player in the 40-yard dash, shuttle, vertical jump, and power ball toss.