Cameron Brown is back on board. So, too, is Nebraska football back on the board in St. Louis.
Nebraska football’s 2018 class received its 11th verbal pledge Monday afternoon from St. Louis Christian Brothers College receiver Cameron Brown, who originally committed to NU back in May. After attending an Ohio State camp in June and receiving a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, Brown decommitted from NU.
But he visited the Huskers’ campus weeks later for a Friday Night Lights camp, joining fellow NU receiver commits Joshua Moore and Manuel Allen. Brown, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound speedster, fit right in with those two, who are both four-star prospects. After solid work at several camps — including an impressive showing at a Nike camp in Chicago — Brown is now a four-star prospect according to 247 Sports’ Composite service. He’s rated highest by Scout, which has Brown as the No. 230 player in the nation.
Brown didn’t immediately respond to World-Herald requests for an interview. He announced his decision with a video on Twitter, using a paintball game motif. He told 247 Sports that he likes Nebraska’s plans for him.
“What excites me about them is that I know I can make an impact as soon as I get there and the players and coaches will push me to get closer to my potential,” Brown said.
A former teammate of current Husker running back Tre Bryant, Brown’s biggest asset is his speed. He ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at the Nike camp, which helped him finish No. 62 on Nike’s national SPARQ score leaderboard. In May, Brown blazed a 10.76-second time in the 100-meter dash, finishing second at the Missouri Class 5 state track meet.
Coming three weeks after Brown had committed to Nebraska, the state meet dash may have further piqued the interest of Ohio State, which, like Nebraska, is recruiting Brown’s higher-profile teammate, Kamryn Babb. The Buckeyes had Brown in for a camp and offered him a scholarship. He then decommitted from the Huskers, and appeared to be a Buckeye lean. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday, Babb sustained a “significant knee injury” in practice last week and may be out for the season.
But NU won out, which means the Huskers have now beaten Ohio State three times for a receiver recruit. Tyjon Lindsey decommitted from Ohio State to pick Nebraska; he’s in NU’s training camp. Keyshawn Johnson, Jr., isn’t in camp for Nebraska, but he, too, had a Buckeye offer.
According to 247 Sports Composite service, Ohio State has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2018, but it has yet to land a true receiver for the class.
It gets Nebraska more traction in St. Louis, too. Coach Mike Riley has held a satellite camp at Lindenwood University — just west of St. Louis — for the last two years. Brown didn’t attend the 2017 camp — he was busy getting his scholarship offer at Ohio State and decommitting that weekend — but Riley reiterated the importance of NU recruiting well in the area.
“It’s kind of fun when you see it start to come to life with some history,” Riley said in June. “Let’s keep building it. We definitely want to keep it going.”
Nebraska continues to heavily recruit two prospects in St. Louis for the 2018 cycle: Babb, who wore a Nebraska shirt in Brown’s video; and St. Louis Lutheran North defensive end Ronnie Perkins.
In 2019, NU is pursuing several St. Louis prospects, including Trinity Catholic linebacker Shammond Cooper, who has offers from Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, among others, and Trinity Catholic athlete Isaiah Williams, who has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Oregon, among others. Both prospects attended the same Friday Nights Lights camps as Brown.
With Brown’s re-commit, Nebraska moved to No. 23 in 247 Sports Composite service team rankings. NU is fifth in the Big Ten.