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4-star tackle Logan Brown firmly committed to Wisconsin
Logan Brown (Grand Rapids, Mich.) is one of the most coveted tackles in the 2019 recruiting class. At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, he can maul defenders and leave coaches salivating at the prospect of what he can achieve in college. There is a reason, after all, why he is listed as a 247Sports composite 4-star prospect and the No. 7 tackle in the nation.
So perhaps it comes as no surprise that schools have inquired about Brown even after he committed to Wisconsin on Nov. 19. At the time, Brown picked Wisconsin over Michigan and 15 other scholarship offers. But for any Badgers fans who might be worried about how firmly Brown is committed, his high school coach insists there is no reason to fret.
East Kentwood football coach Tony Kimbrough told Land of 10 that a Georgia football coach visited the high school to look at Brown’s teammate, 4-star defensive tackle Mazi Smith, who also holds a Wisconsin offer. While there to see Smith, the coach asked Kimbrough about Brown.
“He told the coach flat out that I am committed to Wisconsin,” Kimbrough said. “He said, ‘I love everything about it, and I don’t see myself de-committing.’ So that was huge. That tells me where his loyalties are.”
Brown is a humble, hard-working talent who shies away from the media spotlight. Brown politely declined an interview request with Land of 10 to discuss his recruitment. If Brown signs with Wisconsin, he would be the Badgers’ second-highest-rated tackle since 2000 behind only 5-star in-state lineman Josh Oglesby.
“He gets a lot of mail from other schools,” Kimbrough said. “Most of those are just your typical camp invites and stuff like that. Those are always generated by the athletic department, the football office. But I don’t think you’ve got to worry about him going anywhere but Wisconsin, to be honest.”
Although Brown has been a standout high school player, Kimbrough said he still sees room for improvement as Brown enters his senior season. He said Brown needs to become more of a leader, which could hold the key to East Kentwood making a deep state playoff run.
“I would like for him to be a little bit meaner on the field,” Kimbrough said. “I’d like him to be a little bit more aggressive finishing downfield. He’s a special talent. Very athletic. The way our coaches say it, he needs to be a little more nasty.
“I said, ‘The football field is one place where you can be a bully and not get suspended for it.’ And he needs to be a bully out there in between the whistle, of course. I’m looking for him to do that.”
Brown has played offensive and defensive tackle in previous seasons. But Kimbrough noted the coaching staff plans to use him mostly one way as a senior at left tackle. Brown occasionally will play defense in short-yardage situations when the team needs a stuff at the line of scrimmage. But the idea is to keep him fresh throughout the season at his best position.
Wisconsin has found great success on the recruiting trail in Michigan. The Badgers signed five players from Michigan in their 2018 recruiting class, and Brown is one of the crown jewels of the 2019 class.
Kimbrough said he wasn’t surprised Wisconsin landed Brown over Michigan and cited the relationships Brown has built with offensive line coach Joe Rudolph and coach Paul Chryst.
“Those guys are genuine, first-class guys,” Kimbrough said. “So I can see why it was easy for Logan to want to be a part of that program. The way they carry themselves. They spent more time talking about family. Logan said every time he’s been down there or around them, they’ve never even talked about football. They talked about life. That’s huge to be able to reach a kid in that manner. So that tells you a lot about how those guys conduct their business.”
Brown is one of two 4-star players committed to Wisconsin in the 2019 class. Wisconsin has eight players committed and ranks No. 5 in the 247Sports composite team recruiting rankings for 2019.
Kimbrough said Brown intends to visit Wisconsin over the summer.
“I know he’ll come up for a game as well,” Kimbrough said. “I’m going to come up with him for a game this year. I’ve got to see that place myself. I can’t wait.”
QB commit Graham Mertz adds Oregon offer
Wisconsin quarterback commit Graham Mertz earned yet another scholarship offer Thursday, this one coming from Oregon. Mertz now has collected 14 offers since he committed to Wisconsin on Oct. 8.
Received an offer from the University of Oregon! pic.twitter.com/zoLE6sNeeE
— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) March 2, 2018
Mertz has earned offers from several big-name programs, including Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia. But he remains steadfast in his commitment to Wisconsin. Mertz is a 4-star prospect who rates as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class.