COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State wide receiver signee Cameron Brown almost ended up at Nebraska but ultimately signed with the Buckeyes after de-committing from the Cornhuskers on the first day of the early signing period.
The St. Louis Christian Brothers standout was a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2018, listed as the No. 54 wide receiver and No. 323 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings. When he signed with Ohio State, he joined his high school teammate Kamryn Babb as a fellow Buckeyes signee.
To learn what Brown can bring to Ohio State, Land of 10 caught up with Christian Brothers coach Scott Pingel.
Q: What traits of Cameron Brown’s stand out on the football field?
Pingel: Cameron has elite speed. He can beat cornerbacks over the top as a receiver, and his speed is what really separates him. He’s got some length, too. He’s about 6-foot-1, and I think he has that explosiveness that you want at that level. He’s special.
Q: Did he get more of an opportunity to show what he could do when Kamryn Babb went down with an injury?
Pingel: No, not really. Like everybody, we have two receivers, so it was nice when they were both healthy — which was only seven games over the last 26. Having one on each side was pretty good, and then when we put them both on the same side, it was very special, too. Cameron, I don’t think he benefited from Babb going down. I guess more balls came his way, probably. But he made plays either way.
Q: When did coaches take notice of him on the recruiting trail?
Pingel: In addition to Babb, Cameron was another guy I was telling coaches about. Cameron transferred into our school at the end of his freshman year, so he couldn’t play varsity in Missouri until his junior year. I was trying to showcase him as a sophomore and people didn’t really see it. But when he started going to camps and ran those 4.5 (40-yard dashes), coaches were like, “Oh God, this kid is good.” So he kind of took off once people saw his speed and size.
Q: Did Kamryn Babb’s Ohio State commitment impact Brown’s recruitment?
Pingel: As far as going together, I think that was something they wanted to do but it wasn’t always necessarily high on their list. Cameron Brown fell in love with schools in the recruiting process, but let’s be honest — it’s kind of hard to go to Ohio State and not fall in love with it.
Q: Is there a play or performance of his that stands out and shows what type of player he is?
Pingel: When you’re a coach and you’re in the moment, you don’t think about it, but when you reflect back, some things stand out. His senior year, he was obviously an offensive dynamite but there were two games where he turned the game on pick-6s. Those are the games that stand out in my mind. He’s a guy who would unfortunately practice offense all week and then we’d tell him we needed him on defense. He’d go over there and shut down their best player. He’s a great athlete.
Q: How would you describe his personality?
Pingel: Cameron is quiet amongst people he doesn’t know, but when he’s around friends, he’s a fun-loving kid. He’s funny and energetic, and he’s very smart and bright. I think the recruiting process helped him get better at school because he understood the importance of it and got to showcase his intelligence a little bit. I want to make sure he can handle the adversity Ohio State is going to throw at him because he was always among the best players here, but I think he’ll be able to handle it.