Milan (Tenn.) three-star athlete Anthony Brown has committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Brown, 6-0, 185, went public with his decision at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to become the Hogs’ 18th verbal commitment for the Class of 2022.
Brown chose Arkansas over other finalists in Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. He held other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and many others.
Brown, who is being recruited to play the safety position currently manned by All-American Jalen Catalon, moves the Razorbacks’ class to No. 21 in the nation and No. 7 in the SEC.
The Detroit (Mich.) native who moved to Tennessee in 2017 has owned an offer from Arkansas since January 3, 2021. He made an official visit in Fayetteville on the weekend of June 4, then returned one week later as an unofficial visitor when his good friend Jaylen Lewis, a fellow Arkansas defensive back commitment from Brownsville (Tenn.) Haywood, was enjoying his official visit on the Hill.
Brown was back on campus again last Saturday when the Razorbacks rolled then-No. 15 Texas, 40-21. He had initially planned to announce his commitment on July 29 but instead chose to wait until his mother’s birthday on September 14.
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Brown is the No. 39 safety in the nation and the No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2022. He is rated higher according to 247Sports, which has him pegged as the No. 33 safety in the land and the No. 12 player in Tennessee.
247Sports national recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks offered a detailed breakdown of Brown as a player:
“Owns the requisite height and frame to project as a good-sized safety at the next level,” Brooks wrote. “Lean, athletic build with room to add more mass. Varied on-field experience with three-phase playmaking ability. Could get on the field early as a special teams demon, which he’s shown on his high school’s coverage units. Snaps at running back, receiver, wildcat QB, and safety. Plus athlete on the field who flashes impressive closing speed in pursuit. That speed also manifests at the top end on offense.
“Field speed looks faster than verified combine data. Flashes encouraging pass-catching instincts when the ball is in the air and in contested situations. Strong offensive production as a junior (1,500-plus total offense, 25 TD). Above average length that should help in catch-point disruption on defense. Plays hard and acts as a tone setter at safety. Flies downhill in run support. Big hitter with impact arriving power. Occasionally sacrifices technique in those situations. Sometimes gears down when redirecting. Great pursuit range but can more consistently take the best angle. Can enhance fluidity to maximize man coverage potential. High-floor safety prospect with tools and play style that translate to various personnel packages as a walk-down box safety or a more traditional safety role. Projects to the high-major level. Long-term ceiling could be beyond college.”
With 18 commitments now in the boat, we believe the Razorbacks now have one spot left to fill for the Class of 2022 and any additional spots will be used for transfers.
HawgSports will have much more to come on Brown’s big decision and what it means for the Razorbacks.