May 11, 2011

Pharaoh Brown named a four-star recruit

Brush High School defensive end Pharaoh Brown was named a four-star recruit on Wednesday, and such news did not come as a surprise to those that were forced, and will again be forced, to coach against the 6-6, 220-pound future Wolverine ...

"We had to scheme against him and that game plan consisted of just staying away from him," said Garfield Heights' offensive coordinator Lance Reisland. "He's a big, physical, long, athletic kid that is pretty strong at the point of attack.

"He gave us fits in the running game and he's so long that we couldn't throw a quick game because he knocked down every pass in his direction. And then we had trouble chipping him when we tried that.

"He's just such an active kid and the best way to game plan for him ended up just avoiding him."

Brown committed to U-M May 7, becoming the 10th verbal commitment in Michigan's Class of 2012 and the second defensive end after Farmington Hills, Mich., prospect Mario Ojemudia pledged to the Maize and Blue earlier in the day.

"He reminds me of a kid we had here a few years ago, Melvin Fellows, that went to Ohio State [in the Class of 2009]," Reisland said. "Fellows was only 240 pounds here but now he's a 280-pound defensive lineman and Pharaoh has the chance to really fill out that frame and become a force off the edge or move inside.

"It's scary how much developing these guys do when they're not playing multiple sports and can dedicate themselves to football 365 days a year.

"You look at Pharaoh and he just has this massive frame and incredible wingspan and he has great feet and this sixth sense for getting his hands up and batting down passes.

"I can't wait to see him down the road, see what a strength and conditioning program does with him. It could be scary."

Parma high school coach Robert Cyr saw a different side of Brown. Doubling as the defensive coordinator for Parma, Cyr has to game plan for Brown on the offensive side of the ball. The Lyndhurst, Ohio, native played quarterback and tight end for the Arcs.

"They mixed in three quarterbacks but he was their primary running quarterback out of the spread and if you've seen him, I probably don't have to tell you that he was a load to bring down," Cyr said. "He moves extremely well for a kid that tall and he has very good instincts with the football.

"He's the kind of athlete you could play at a lot of different positions - he could be a tight end - and he could be very effective at defensive end too. On that side of the ball, my offensive coordinator told me, 'We're going to run away from that kid.' I thought that was a very smart strategy."

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