On Tuesday, Tennessee appeared as a top option for another top linebacker recruit. Naquan Brown, a 6-1, 205 pound prospect, named the Volunteers to his top six options. Virginia Tech, LSU, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Miami joined Tennessee.
Brown made the announcement on Twitter.
According to Rivals, Brown is the 133rd overall prospect in the 2021 class. He’s the 6th ranked outside linebacker prospect in the country. Brown has the makings of a hybrid linebacker capable of doing some off-ball work and edge work.
Tennessee offered the Virginia Beach native back in January of this year. The Volunteers haven’t been able to get him on campus just yet, due to the pause of in-person recruiting. Tennessee is fighting to stay in the hunt, trying to catch up to perceived leaders Virginia Tech and LSU.
The 2020 class brought Tennessee Tyler Baron and Morven Joseph. Dylan Brooks is committed to the class of 2021, but you can never have too many guys that can help get after the passer.
Brown fits the mold of a do-it-all type linebacker that Jeremy Pruitt values. He has spent most of his high school career lining up as a defensive end with his hand in the dirt, but his lack of length could force him elsewhere at the next level. Brown shows an impressive burst off of the line of scrimmage, along with some ability to drop into coverage.
Obviously getting bigger and stronger will be a big key for Brown, but the raw tools are certainly appealing.