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Buckeyes Need Cameron Brown to Pick Up Where He Left Off

Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is fourth-year junior cornerback Cameron Brown. Yesterday it was wide receiver Julian Fleming. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Cameron Brown

No. 26 | Cornerback | 6-0 190 | Fourth-Year Junior | Christian Brothers College High School | St. Louis, Missouri

How’d He Get Here

Ohio State offered Cameron Brown four years ago tomorrow. He was committed to Nebraska at the time. He was also a 4-star wide receiver at the time as well. One day after receiving his offer from the Buckeyes he decommitted from the Huskers. Brown wasn’t done with Nebraska yet, however, because he recommitted to them in August. He then took an official visit to Ohio State on December 8 and then flipped to the Buckeyes 12 days later. Brown was an All-State wide receiver at Christian Brothers College in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ranked the No. 54 receiver in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 323 player overall. He was also high school teammates with current Buckeye wide receiver Kamryn Babb.

Current Situation

Not long after Cameron Brown got to Ohio State he moved to cornerback. The staff was intrigued by his speed and his length, plus he already had experience playing the position in high school so they had a pretty good idea he’d be alright. Brown saw the field a few times as a true freshman but missed over half the season with a leg injury. He played in every game as a sophomore in 2019, tallying 14 tackles and two TFLs. Brown began the season as OSU’s nickel corner last year, coming in on passing downs. He injured his Achilles tendon in the second game and missed the rest of the year. Brown was not full-go this spring but was back running. He is expected to be ready to go for camp, but there is still some question about how much he’ll be affected by the repaired Achilles tendon.

What to Like

Even though Cameron Brown missed the bulk of the season last year, he’s still one of the two most experienced outside cornerbacks on the Ohio State roster. That experience is valuable following the departures of multiple NFL draft picks over the last few years. As mentioned, he was arguably the fastest Buckeye before his injury, and he’s got length as a corner. The coaching staff liked his quickness enough to put him in the slot last year, so he’s capable of playing inside or outside.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

The ceiling for Cameron Brown implies that he’s going to be healthy this year. With that health should come a starting spot at cornerback or a spot in a possible three-man rotation with Sevyn Banks and somebody else. There are high hopes for Ohio State’s young cornerbacks, but everything those guys are being taught is stuff that Brown already knows. If Brown hits his ceiling this year, then you’re talking about a very solid starter who will get better as the season goes on. If all goes well, he’ll have an NFL decision to make this coming winter.

And Beyond?

Cameron Brown will probably be better next year than he is this year because he’ll be another year removed from his Achilles injury. There is a standard at Ohio State when it comes to cornerbacks. People may point and complain about last year, but the ability to teach and practice was greatly hampered last year. If Brown is good to go this year, the expectation is that he will progress toward that standard. He may get there almost immediately, but he’ll be even better next year. The eventual landing spot for every starting Ohio State cornerback is the NFL. In fact, the last 29 starting cornerbacks at Ohio State have cashed NFL checks and only six have gone undrafted. Brown has dealt with injuries throughout his career, but if he can finally stay healthy, there’s little doubt that he will add to the positive side of that ledger.