Blue & White feeling a bit Brown now
By Philip Cmor
One thing is undeniable about James Franklin’s tenure as Penn State football coach: He’s cornered the market on Maryland prep stars named Cam Brown.
Earlier this year, the Nittany Lions signed a four-star linebacker by that name from Burtonsville. On Friday afternoon, Cameron Sullivan-Brown, a three-star wideout from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md., became the latest member of the Lions’ rapidly-growing 2017 recruiting class when he picked Penn State over Maryland, West Virginia, Duke and Syracuse.
The 6-foot-1, 176-pounder’s other big Division I offers were from Iowa, Louisville, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Virginia Tech and Virginia. He is the 12th recruit to make a non-binding verbal commitment to Penn State and the fourth to do so in the last 10 days.
“Coming out of 8th grade, my friends and I decided to take the road less traveled and go to Pallotti. Ever since, it has been and will continue to be a non-stop grind. We are building a dynasty at Pallotti and we intend to keep it going. Now, with the help and guidance of my loved ones, I have decided to fully commit to Penn State,” Sullivan-Brown posted on his Twitter page, along with a couple of graphics showing him in a Penn State uniform.
His namesake already at Penn State reached out over social media to congratulate – and have a little fun with – him.
“Welcome to the Fam,” Brown wrote, “you gotta go by Sullivan though.”
Sullivan-Brown is coming off a season in which hauled in 38 passes for 526 yards and four touchdowns in seven games, also intercepting three passes.
Two of those interceptions came in a 22-20 victory over Avalon, when he covered Alabama recruit Trevon Diggs. He even broke up a fourth-down pass that sealed the victory.
Sullivan-Brown was all-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and honorable mention allstate.
According to his highlight clips on Hudl, Sullivan-Brown has 83 receptions for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two years – the Panthers went 10-3 and won their conference championship in 2014.
Brown’s calling cards are a good pair of hands and solid route-running skills.
“Sullivan-Brown is sharp into and out of his breaks, and he high-points the ball very well,” Scout.com analyst Brian Dohn said in an evaluation. “He is a red-zone threat and will go over the middle. He makes tough catches look easy. Sullivan-Brown is sure-handed and quick with his hands. He needs to tighten up his ability to get off the line of scrimmage, and although he needs to add strength, he plays physical and enjoys competing. He has a very good feel for playing receiver.”
According to Sean Fitz of Lions247.com, Penn State would like to bring in two or three receivers in this class, and Sullivan-Brown is the first pledge at that spot. The Lions have been closely linked with Indiana’s Mac Hippenhammer, who also has been looking closely at Iowa.
Penn State’s recent string of commitments might not be over, either. Virginia outside linebacker Brailyn Franklin has scheduled a college announcement for Tuesday. It’s believed he will choose the Nittany Lions over Virginia Tech and others – he’s visited Penn State three times in the last four months, including a camp where he got his scholarship offer and the Lasch Bash on July 16.