A four-star receiver recruit, Corey ?Philly? Brown committed to Ohio State out of high school over Miami (FL), Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He combined for just 22 catches in 10 starts over his first two seasons, but he led the Buckeyes in receiving his final two seasons, including career-bests as a senior with 63 catches for 771 yards and 10 touchdowns. He became just the second receiver in school history to record consecutive seasons of 60+ catches (David Boston, 1997-98). Brown was also the featured punt returner and leaves Columbus with a pair of touchdowns on returns. He has electric feet, but is more of an athlete than refined receiver at this point and even though he took a big step forward as a senior, Brown is still lacking in his development, especially with his route running. He might be close to his ceiling as a football player, but his speed and foot agility will earn him a shot at the NFL level.--Dane Brugler
STRENGTHS: Lightning quick feet and silky change of direction skills. Nice job releasing off the line of scrimmage and accelerating to his top speed quickly. Initial suddenness to shake press coverage. Ambitious ballcarrier with adequate vision and looks to score every time he touches the ball. Natural body control and coordination to make adjustments on the ball with quick hands to snare throws away from his frame. Tracks very well and uses his body well to shield defenders on over the shoulder throws. Good concentration. Tough and plays through injuries. Experienced return man on punts with two career scores and a 9.8 yards per return average. Three-year starter (34 career starts) with time in the slot and outside, lining up all over the Buckeyes offense.WEAKNESSES: Lean muscled and not physically imposing, looking more like a track athlete than football player. Needs to spend more time in the weight room. Uses his body too much on catches and inconsistent in contested situations. Not the most natural hands catcher. Not overly elusive in space and not the most creative. Won?t break many tackles after initial contact, lacking the balance or body strength. Wild, uncontrolled routes, failing to routinely sell his path or gain separation with body fakes. Thin build, which leads to long-term durability questions.
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Corey Brown, Ohio State, Receiver...Brown leads the team with 50 catches and nine receiving touchdowns while tallying 602 receiving yards, a mark that ranks second on the team. - Ohio State football