The Texas Tech Red Raiders added an eighth member of the 2013 recruiting class on Tuesday with the verbal commitment of Baylen Brown, an offensive guard out of O'Connor High School in San Antonio, Texas, who announced his pledge via Twitter:
Verbally Committed to Texas Tech!!! GUNS UP!! #redraiders— Baylen Thomas Brown (@baylenbrown75) May 22, 2012
The decision came down from Brown after he had narrowed his list to Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Houston in recent days. He also held offers from Baylor, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Purdue.
A consensus three-star prospect by the services, Brown is the first offensive lineman to commit in the class for the Red Raiders.
At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, Brown has the size to be considered a tackle prospect, but does not quite have the agility or arm length to play outside in college. However, he is a solid athlete for his position and appears to be at his best pulling into the hole, where he uses the agility he does possess to get a hat on second-level defenders and show a good punch through his hips into his hands -- he can knock defenders off their feet using just his hands. But Brown can also turn and bury defenders in the zone running game and shows the persistence to keep his feet moving on contact.
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Baylen Brown - 2013 O'Connor H.S. - Junior Season Highlights (via CPOTXvideo)