Scout.com has reported that redshirt freshman George Brown Jr. reached a final decision today in his transfer process. Brown is now enrolled at the University of Miami. Brown chose Miami over Michigan State, UCLA and Penn State.
The 6-foot-7, 290 pound tackle is a native of Cincinnati. On Monday, Brown's father announced that his son would be leaving Les Mile's team. His departure makes him the eleventh player to leave the Tigers this off-season.
Per 247sports.com, Brown was ranked a three-star prospect, but was a 4-star on the 247sports composite, which combines rankings from all major outlets. His size alone makes him valuable to any team.
Last season, Brown redshirted. This season he will need to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Brown's father said that his son worked with the second and third-string units during summer practices. Brown's father spoke to The Advocate, and offered the following statement to the media:
"He felt better to go with another staff and go play somewhere else. He’s not mad at LSU. LSU is a great school, great place to be. We love LSU. I’m not the one playing. My son decided he wanted to be somewhere else. He didn't feel that was the place for him."
After watching his highlight tapes, it is safe to say that Brown plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is a mauler and knows he has the size to bully players. His speed is impressive for someone so large. He is a great at pulling and opening up lanes for rushers. He plays through the whistle and is also effective in pass protection.
Looking at the LSU offensive line, the staff had high hopes for Brown in 2017, but this year looked to be another developmental year. Check out more information on the LSU offensive here, via our SBN friends at And The Valley Shook!
As we have written here, the Hurricanes offensive line is a unit that needs improvement. Although he can't contribute this year, Brown can learn from o-line coach Stacy Searels. Penalties were a big issue last year, but Brown seems to be very disciplined. Brown may not be able to play, but he can participate and practice with the team. He'll have a whole year to develop his game.
So, cheers to George Brown Jr. and his new start at The U. Brown begins classes on Friday.