After a number of interesting turns, the recruitment of Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn wide receiver Barion Brown is coming to a close.
One of the country’s elite wideouts in this recruiting cycle, Brown announced Monday that he will make his college commitment on Wednesday. Brown is the No. 51 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. On3’s own rankings peg him as a five-star prospect and the No. 23 overall player in the country.
Kentucky in the lead for Barion Brown
According to On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons, Kentucky looks to be in pole position to land Brown’s commitment on Wednesday. Earlier this fall, the Wildcats were in three-team race with Alabama and TCU. But the Wildcats have remained the favorite for some time now.
“Going into the season, Alabama looked to be the school for Brown,” Simmons wrote two weeks ago. “He was close to committing at least one time but held off. …Things have shifted. And Kentucky has surged to the top for different reasons. The Crimson Tide has pulled back, Kentucky has made him a priority, and on Brown’s side, he likes the opportunity he has to be an instant impact player in Lexington.”
The Wildcats’ drastic improvement in the passing game under offensive coordinator Liam Coen has caught Brown’s eye as well. In 2020, Kentucky ranked No. 108 in scoring offense and averaged just over 120 passing yards per game. This season, UK ranks No. 46 nationally in scoring offense and is up over 230 passing yards per game. Wide receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Josh Ali are both likely headed to the NFL Draft, leaving plenty of snaps available for Brown.