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Orlando Brown Jr. eliminates Iowa and is down to three schools

[ 0 ] April 26, 2013 |

High school offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. has trimmed his list of schools to three, but the Iowa Hawkeyes didn’t make the cut.

The 6-foot-7, 360-pound Brown told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will choose between Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma. He previously had narrowed his list to eight schools, including Iowa.

Brown, who is ranked as a three-star recruit by Scout.com, is a junior at Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia and is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Orlando Brown.

His father, who died in 2011 at the age of 40 from diabetic ketoacidosis, was coached in the NFL by Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. Ferentz was the offensive line for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens from 1993-98 before being hired at Iowa.

The younger Brown said he admired Ferentz and appreciated the influence he had on his father. He also talked about wanting to visit Iowa City, but it never happened.

Two of Brown’s three finalists still have connections to the Iowa program. Arkansas is coached by former Iowa defensive lineman Bret Bielema and Oklahoma is coached by former Iowa defensive back Bob Stoops.

Brown will announce his decision on May 2, which is his 17th birthday.

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Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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