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GBMWolverine: Michigan Football Recruiting — Pharaoh Brown (DE) — 2012 Verbal Commit — Profile


Posted at 6:00am — 5/9/2011

GBMWolverine: Michigan Football Recruiting — Pharaoh Brown (DE) — 2012 Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Pharaoh Brown from Brush High School — Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Height: 6’6
Weight: 220
Number: 2
Current Position: Defensive End/Quarterback
Future Position: Defensive End/Tight End
City/State: Lyndhurst, Ohio
High School: Brush
Head Coach: Rob Atwood
Recruiter: Coach Greg Mattison
Committed: 5/7/2011
Top 5 other Offers: Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Syracuse, and West Virginia.
Rankings: 24/7: 4-star … ESPN: 4-star … Rivals: 4-star … Scout: 4-star.
40-Time: 4.7
Class: 2012 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).


Pharaoh Brown has actually seen time at quarterback quarterback.

He does of course play defensive end and also tight end. We could see him playing either side of the ball at the college level.

At Michigan GBMWolverine projects him at defensive end.

Pharaoh has a long and lanky build with a very long wingspan.

During his junior year Pharaoh recorded 50 tackles, 13 TFL, and 7 sacks in limited time at defensive end.

It is possible to see Pharaoh play some variations of outside linebacker, or even tight end, but it seems no mystery that he was recruited as a rush defensive end.


Pharaoh’s movement skills are excellent for a player with his size.

Film shows very good quickness; of note is a very strong get off and 1st step.

Pharaoh also shows a nice burst and closing speed.

He clearly is an excellent overall athlete with agility, has good hips, and does a nice job of changing levels.

All this at 6’6.”

Needs work:

We start with the obvious; Pharaoh definitely needs to add weight and get stronger.

He also has a habit of over running plays, not uncommon for superior athletes, and this flaw leads to arm tackling.

Pharaoh has only played defensive end for a short time, so his technique needs plenty of teaching reinforcement and refinement.

Things like shedding blocks, pressing out blockers, and proper leverage will have to improve.

There are multiple contributions a tall athlete like Pharaoh can make, especially under the guidance of a fine defensive staff possessing good overall player talent.

Here is a guy who can knock down passes at the line, make it difficult to throw slants, a player who could block a kick here and there, and a player who may grow into a defensive semi-monster.

By his red-shirt sophomore year Pharaoh may be 6’7” and 250 or more pounds, and still likely will remain athletic enough to still have versatility.

Final Thoughts:

The commitment of Pharaoh Brown is a good get for Coach Hoke and his staff.

He definitely will take some time to develop, but Pharaoh has a very high ceiling.

We welcome Pharaoh Brown to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely red-shirt his first year.

Pharaoh Brown reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Pierre Woods — who played Defensive End/Outside Linebacker.

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