Naquan Brown planned an LSU official visit in the spring, but it was cancelled after the NCAA shut down visits in mid March.
The Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes four-star standout edge rusher/outside linebacker then planned to visit in the summer, but that was also put on hold as the NCAA extended the visit shutdown through August.
Turns out, though, Brown will get plenty of time to learn about LSU’s campus because he will be there for the next four years after he committed to the Tigers, which he announced Wednesday.
“I’m going to LSU because the coaching staff showed a lot of love and stayed in touch from when they offered,” Brown said. “I talk to them almost two to three times a week. I like how their 4-3 scheme is set up and I think I will be a big impact on it because of my abilities coming off the edge, and my quickness.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Brown is the No. 11 weak side defensive end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.
“He is crazy athletic,” Ocean Lakes coach Mike Alston said. “I don’t know if you can see it on film but his athleticism is something that isn’t talked about enough. He plays receiver for us at Ocean Lakes as well. He can get open and catch the 50-50 balls, so his athleticism, I think will allow him to come back and cover a zone.”
His finalists also included Pittsburgh, Penn State, Tennessee, Miami and Virginia Tech, but there were a ton of things that had LSU standing above the others.
“It feels great to be a Tiger and to be able to join a national championship team and to roll with some dawgs that will go to war with you,” Brown said. “There is no better feeling than that.
“Also my goal is when I get down there, to work hard to where I’m trying to get to, and be in a position where I will play and start.”
Alston added Brown will benefit greatly from the environment on the Baton Rouge campus.
“I think he’s a stand up end,” Alston said. “I think the greatest thing he can do is get after the quarterback. I think that is what every college in America can see in him. His first step is probably one of the quickest in the country. I think he has a lot of room to grow because of his body frame.
“I think once he gets into the right program, and they get him on a nutrition plan, then he will gain more weight. I think with the situation he is in right now he doesn’t have the access to the nutrition he will have when he gets to (LSU).”
LSU’s tradition is also big to Brown.
“What I like about their tradition is just how everything’s set down there,” he said. “And how Coach O (Ed ORgeron) and the staff prepare them on and off the field.”