Posted: 9:21 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014
By Matt Porter
On signing day, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said he had a few more spots open in his 2014 class. One of those spots will go to Joe Brown.
Brown, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound nose tackle from suburban Anaheim, Calif., signed with UM on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brown was not rated by any of the major recruiting services. He adds depth to a position of great need for the Canes, joining early enrollee Calvin Heurtelou and signees Michael Wyche, Anthony Moten and Courtel Jenkins.
Update: Tuesday morning, CaneSport.com reported Brown may play offensive line at UM. Golden mentioned on signing day he wanted to add another offensive lineman for depth. The Canes lost a commit days before signing day when St. Petersburg Catholic product Reilly Gibbons flipped to Stanford.
Here’s a link to Brown’s highlight tape.
According to the Times, Brown’s story is somewhat similar to that of a Hurricanes defensive tackle he will get to know this fall, West Boca Raton’s Corey King.
Like King in 2011, Brown was not eligible to sign on signing day Feb. 5 because of low test scores. The Times reported Brown had to make up “a lot of classes the last two years, going to summer school and adult school.”
But Brown improved his SAT score enough that UTEP made him an offer last Wednesday. Miami, however, called Wednesday afternoon and he agreed to fly to Miami Thursday morning.
Brown, a two-time defensive player of the year in the San Gabriel Valley League while playing at Paramount (Calif.) High, flew to Miami and spent the weekend on an official visit. He signed Sunday and will likely be a part of UM’s summer conditioning.
Also, if we’re looking for nicknames, we can start with “Judge” Joe Brown.
The Hurricanes begin spring practice Saturday in Coral Gables.