5-Star Andrew Brown and Top Recruits to Watch on ESPN Friday Night

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2013

5-Star Andrew Brown and Top Recruits to Watch on ESPN Friday Night

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    Andrew Brown is a 5-star defensive tackle from Virginia who will have a national platform to showcase his skills on Friday night. ESPNU will televise Brown and his Oscar Smith High School (Va.) team's game versus Lake Taylor (Va.) at 8 p.m. EST. 

    The Tigers are a talented team, as Brown is not their only notable prospect. They boast talented 2014 recruits, plus also will feature a pair of 2015 prospects to watch. However, the Titans will not be intimidated by Oscar Smith's talent, as they also have several players to watch.


    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.

Deshawn McClease, RB, Oscar Smith (2015)

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    Deshawn McClease will be the featured back for the Tigers on Friday night. At 5'9" and 170 pounds, he has the size of a scat-back but flashes the ability to break tackles and run with strength.

    McClease displays good quickness through alleys, can dodge linebackers and has a solid burst to get upfield. He's already a 4-star recruit in the 2015 class who has offers from Virginia Tech and North Carolina, among others, according to 247Sports.

Josh Sweat, DE, Oscar Smith (2015)

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    While all of the attention will be on Brown during the game, Josh Sweat should also be watched by observers. He is a 6'5", 230-pound defensive end who looks great on the hoof.

    Sweat has long arms and is steadily adding bulk to his frame. He shows solid quickness at the snap, can use his length to stay clean during a rush and has great athleticism. Sweat is at his best when he can pursue the football down the line with speed.

    Florida State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and North Carolina State have already offered the 4-star 2015 prospect, says 247Sports

Jaylen Bradshaw, WR, Oscar Smith (2014)

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    Jaylen Bradshaw is a 2-star receiver who catches passes for Oscar Smith. A savvy player who is a quicker-than-fast athlete, Bradshaw is 6'1" and 178 pounds.

    Although he lacks great speed, the Virginia Tech commit has good quickness off the line and excellent field vision. Bradshaw has an outstanding knack for recognizing coverages, adjusting his routes on the fly and settling in holes between defenders to catch balls.

    He is not going to impress anyone with tremendous speed during the game, but he could be a menace to the Lake Taylor's defense. 

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Lake Taylor (2014)

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    The Titans will boast 4-star Ohio State commit Jalyn Holmes. Oscar Smith's offensive line will likely have to slide its protections toward Holmes on crucial passing downs, as he can be lethal when he's allowed to pin his ears back and rush the passer.

    Holmes could also impact the game as a tight end/receiver. He is 6'5", 225 pounds and has good speed. The Buckeyes are getting an athlete with long limbs who could be a monster on the edges if he adds more bulk to his frame.

    Look for Holmes to make several dazzling plays before the night is over. 

Andrew Brown, DT, Oscar Brown (2014)

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    The top player on the field Friday night will be 5-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown of Oscar Smith High School. Brown is a ferocious defender who can be a beast in the trenches.

    Expect for Lake Taylor to assign multiple blockers to Brown on nearly every play. He explodes off the ball, plays like a giant at the point of attack and has a great burst to finish plays. Brown, who is 6'4" and likely more than his listed weight of 282 pounds, also shows good athleticism when pursuing the ball.

    The Virginia commitment is the marquee player to watch during this game.


2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Brown and Holmes can both be seen on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! This is a great resource for recruiting fans who want to see where the elite 2014 recruiting talent is located.


    Edwin Weathersby is the college football recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.